In the Galactic Commons, humanity is aminor player.
The human species is one of the younger, less respected members, andare despised for their almost total success at killing off the Earth. The Wayfarer,a patched-up ship that’s seen better days, makes its living by creatingwormholes that connect one stellar system to another. Its crew is diverse: theowner, Captain Ashby, is human, as are crewbeings Corbin, Jenks, and Kizzy.
Sissix is a reptilian Aandrisk, Dr. Chef is a Grum and Ohan is a Sianat Pair, asymbiotic being. Rounding out the crew is the ship’s AI, a sentientcomputer programme, named Lovelace, but mostly called Lovey. As the book opens,they are joined by Rosemary Harper, a seemingly insignificant but competentclerk from Mars.
When Rosemary joins the crew of the Wayfarer,she isn’t expecting much. The Wayfarer offers her everything she couldpossibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure infar-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. She hassecrets she desperately wants to keep, but she soon discovers that she is notthe only person on board with secrets and tragedies; her problems are not evenclose to being the worst. The crew are offered the job of a lifetime:the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet.
They’ll earnenough money to live comfortably for years… if they survive the long tripthrough war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragilealliances that keep the galaxy peaceful. The booksubtly takes up issues such as humankinds mistakes, which in the book resultedin almost killing of the Earth. But also issues like racism,or inter-species racism, are threaded throughout the book. And there is also asubtle feminist slant: there are strong female characters, and other touches,such as the AI being named after Ada Lovelace the first, or the revelation thatit was a woman who first set on Mars. But as we journey along with the Wayfarer’screw we see that the story is about a family that comes together on one tinystarship on one small mission to a planet far out in the middle of deep space. Thenovel is focused on the development of the various characters, the uncoveringof secrets, issues of racism, and their response to crises