Over Three Hundred Years Before Humanity Had Created Autonomous War Machines, One Of Their Greatest Mistakes.
The machines had revolted, with deadly consequences, and humanity had barely escaped total disaster. But some of the Machines had escaped, and found a new home outside the Empire.
Already embroiled in a major war of extermination against an ancient foe, stretched to the limit, the New Terran Empire had found and saved a singular species with game changing powers in the unincorporated space opposite the main front. That space also houses Bolthole, a secret industrial base outside the Empire that is vital to the war effort. And they had found the home of the Machines, whose superindustrialized systems have produced a terrible war fleet with horrific plant killing vessels. Stretched to the limit, holding on by a string, the forces of Exploration Command must battle and protect the two vital systems, until Sean and the Empire can give them the means to fight another major war against an enemy of unknown but substantial industrial power. Can they hold on? Or will the Machines achieve a first victory on their way to the total defeat and destruction of the human species, and after them all life in the Galaxy.