In a galaxy where the sale of culture is big business, sponsoring a new species can mean huge profits. And huge risk.Eto wants to make a case for the humans, but they’re not making it easy. A healthy survival drive is absolutely required in new species, but after the ‘alien’ invasion, many humans have given up. Or they’re ready to sacrifice themselves in tragic defiance. Neither are helpful to his case. If Eto can’t prove their qualifications, they’ll be labeled ‘malignant.’ No chance at sponsorship. No cultural franchise. Open to plunder, slavery, and eventual eradication.
On his last day on Earth, he meets Aaron Cancik, a Los Angeles fireman. Eto feels he might finally have found someone he can understand, someone he can defend… but his time is nearly up.