Albert Malleus was the greatest captain in Fleet history-before his disgrace. Now, a decade later, he is given a chance at redemption: he is to captain the Fellowship, a mining scow turned transport, as part of the greatest evacuation convoy in history. The convoy's destination is Vernovum, a paradise that promises new beginnings for the remnants of the human race. At odds with his ship and crew, Malleus's ruthless style of command quickly alienates allies and emboldens enemies. Beset with mutiny, malfunction, and his own indifference, Malleus's tenure aboard the Fellowship promises to be short. With the situation collapsing into chaos, Malleus must find a way to save the Fellowship, protect the convoy, and complete the mission. That is, if he still believes in the promise of Vernovum.