The second full-length Stardancer novel, unpublished, following Sword of the Alliance.
On a routine mapping mission, the UAV Stardancer runs into a world with ruins suggesting a lost civilization. They repair to the surface to investigate amid great excitement: even a lost civilization is news in a universe where gengineered species outnumber true aliens by several factors. But in the course of that investigation several of their personnel go missing. Can the crew of the Stardancer find the lost women? And what answers are hiding on the other side of the strand?