the death of Vourniass Lycern, child-bearer to the Seriattic Royal
Household, her twin sons, fathered by former Military Intelligence Officer
Alexander Delgado, have grown up ignorant of their relationship. Michael
has been raised on Earth as the son of General William Myson, while Cascari
has been brought up within Delgado's terrorist group. Furthermore, due to
the circumstances surrounding their birth, no-one knows Michael and
Cascari are brothers, and both believe they are rightful heir to the
position of Monosiell — head of Seriatt's Royal Household.
the existing Monosiell dies suddenly, the long-awaited opportunity
presents itself: with Cascari in power Delgado knows he could strike at
Myson more effectively, while Myson seeks the strategic value of Seriatt's
proximity to the M4 wormhole.
stakes are heightened as the Seriatts are developing time travel capacity,
using technology extrapolated from The Destiny Mask — the artefact
Seriattic oracles use to predict the future. Delgado knows that with time
travel capability Myson would represent an immeasurable threat, one which
he must prevent.
strange occurrences in the vicinity of the wormhole go unnoticed, on
Seriatt the oracles predict the coming of a saviour; but who this will be,
no one can tell.