In a familiar forest on a foreign planet, mankind’s greatest adventure begins.
Randall Holmes is a broken man. The lone survivor of the Pathfinder 7 mission, Holmes is haunted by the friends he buried on an alien world. Hoping to make a new life, he signs on with the Samarkand Expedition, and after eight and a half years in transit, in 2122 he is revived aboard the Earth Colony Vessel Susan Constant. In the primal forests of an alien world, Holmes must lead the best and brightest of a generation as they strive to build a new colony on the frontier of explored space.