It's been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of a powerful alien race with influence across the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose their rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn't one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan's high social standing, along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body), guarantees him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry, and Donovan is abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience. When Sapience realizes who Donovan is, they think they've found the ultimate bargaining chip. But the Prime Liaison doesn't negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan's survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war, and Earth didn't win the last one.