A young envoy and his wife, are sent to a distant Rimworld to re-establish commercial and cultural ties with the man the Allied Confederation had appointed as the planetary Regent. The frontier world is a gateway to the new galactic horizons still left to explore. The world itself is a paradise when it comes to its enormous developmental potential. However, it is also a dark enigma when it comes to its unbelievable lore and legends about jungle magic. Those tales are unlike any in the galaxy. Daniel DeWynter has silent orders to investigate the source of rumors about the ‘magic-in-the-jungle.’ His wife, Melody, is a linguist who should be able to cross-reference the words of magic across many native dialects. There is no official diplomatic reception for Daniel and Melody. However, the moment they meet the planetary Regent, they realize that they haven’t really landed on a world that is an Allied Protectorate. Rather they have fallen into a trap. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that the Regent is a scheming, treacherous viper who is poised to ‘hand over’ the world to his buddies—the pirates and mercenaries from the neighboring New Hebrides. With the invasion imminent, it’s the worst possible time for Daniel and Melody to find out that they are to become parents—and are stuck on a world that’s about to be decimated by pirates.