By Tobias S. Buckell
In the 1st, determined days of the Human-Covenant struggle, the UNSC has enacted the Cole Protocol to protect Earth and its internal Colonies from discovery via a cruel alien foe. Many are known as upon to rid the universe of lingering navigation info that will display the site of Earth. between them is military Lieutenant Jacob Keyes. push back into motion after being sidelined, Keyes is saddled with a most sensible mystery challenge via ONI. one who will take him deep in the back of enemy strains, to a nook of the universe the place not anything is because it seems.
Out past the Outer Colonies lies the planet Hesiod, a fuel substantial surrounded via an enormous asteroid belt. because the Covenant keeps to glass the human occupied planets close to Hesiod, the various survivors, helped by means of a stronghold of human Insurrectionists, are fleeing to the asteroid belt for safe haven. they've got reworked the tumbling satellites right into a tenuous, but inventive, payment referred to as the Rubble--and have come face-to-face with a Covenant payment of Kig-Yar . . . but in some way survived.
News of this not likely treaty has unfold to the warring aspects. fortunately for the UNSC, this uneasy alliance is within the direction of the Spartan grey staff, a three-man renegade squad whose sure bet is to wreak havoc from at the back of enemy traces whatsoever they see healthy. however the Prophets have additionally despatched their best---an bold and ruthless Elite, whose quest for the Aristocracy and rank is matched in basic terms through his brutality . . . and who will do something to safe his Ascendancy and stroll the Path.