The rebels have won a great victory, shattering the Empire's grip on Sector 117. Starships are mutinying, the Empire's power and authority are crumbling, and the rebels are making their way towards Earth. Their victory seems inevitable.
But, as news of the rebellion finally reaches Earth, the Thousand Families start preparing for all-out war. The Empire has a war leader, a colossal advantage in firepower, and the determination to do whatever it takes to destroy the rebels before they can win.
As both sides rush towards a titanic confrontation, they know that whoever wins will inherit the Empire. But, with humanity's mighty civilization threatening to collapse, they may only inherit a desert called peace.