From the introduction:
We come out of hyperspace at the right time and Dimo, my navigator, says it’s the right place. Right on the Rift at the edge of civilized space. Should be nothing there but a moon that once had a planet and a star and an atmosphere but now for whatever reason is all alone. Should be cold and dead and nothing on it but a billion-year-old Aaru station worth a fortune. Dimo says it’s there, it’s there. So it’s a bit of a surprise to find no moon and sixteen thousand (Dimo counts them) fab brain fighters.
The Hegemony got here first. Nothing to do now but run before they see us.
They see us.
This playtest version circulated among Patreon backers only.