In an asteroid in the Aurora star system, exoarcheologist Evan McElroy has made a discovery about the Versari, a long-departed alien race. Material, he thinks, for some great research papers. But Evan's sponsor, the Affirmatix family of companies, realizes they can make huge gains from the new finding, if it is kept completely secret. Step one of their plan is to kill the entire research team - starting with Evan. As Evan flees for his life, he finds there is far more at stake than he could have imagined. His trajectory has reawakened the long-buried struggle of the Infoterrorists, who believe all knowledge screams to be free, against those who maintain and defend the True Story that holds all of civilization together.