The year is 3013.
The imperial navy has invaded Prince Samual's world....
The superior weaponry of the CoDominium Empire has brought unity to the Samualans - at the cost of their liberty.
Their last bid for freedom is to create a space program. But the knowledge to build a starship is extinct.
Colonel Nathan MacKinnie, leads a daring raid to steal these secrets from the planet of Makassar, where the key to space technology is guarded by Temple priests.
MacKinnie battles across the universe, to wrest away the knowledge left by the first settlers who traversed the void of space from a planet called Old Earth. To live in peace they must fight for ancient secrets. To gain their freedom they must build....
©1980 Jerry Pournelle (P)2012 Audible, Inc.