The New Imperium is being driven back before the unstoppable onslaught of the AltarinDakor. One world after another is falling to the enemy. Desperately the NI focuses its efforts to devise a plan to halt their inexorable advance, even while treachery has its grip on the highest levels of NI government. The enemy turns it sights next to the prime, valuable worlds of Sigma and Pax, while Varnus continues to be encircled and the Jedi try to hold on to their most fragile hopes. Can the tide be turned?