"Just then, Tala teleported into the room. “Father! We are under attack! Even now a scout descends from the surface. What are your orders?”
The king glared suspiciously at Pihn, then Sapphire and Kyri. In a tone that promised no tolerance or mercy he replied, “I will question him.”
To Sapphire, he said icily, “If you are forerunners to an invasion, you and your entire nation will die.” " (Chapter 11, 'Guests')
In the depths of interstellar space, the ancient mile-long starship Zaspar’s Pride encounters a massive and enigmatic alien artifact. What could have constructed an object larger than the average star, and more importantly, why?
Tobar Rus, the technician whose blunder causes the Pride to become stranded far beyond any hope of rescue, must find out if he and his crew-mates are ever to leave.
In the course this investigation Rus becomes himself trapped inside the unnatural object. There he finds a pocket dimension that contains a star and a single planet. On this world live the descendants of a human crew that had become trapped inside there several thousand years ago. Within this artificial dimension magic is possible and the humans have built two separate societies based upon it.
On the surface are pastoral, agrarian peoples, while deep underground lives a race of genetically-modified cannibal wizards and their human food supply. When Rus encounters them, the wizards are on the verge of exploding out of their long isolation. If he can somehow avoid becoming food himself, his next challenge will be to win his own freedom and that of those destined to be devoured as 'meats'.
Join Tobar and his new companions as they push their wits and luck to the extreme limits in an epic quest to uncover the horrifying truth that lies Outside of Space.