Technology exists, but is forbidden. Some believe a return to the old ways will lead to the end of humankind. Others have long forgotten the origin of the "Treaty of Nature" and dismiss it as old-world superstition designed to maintain oppressive control over society and suppress prosperity for those less fortunate.
But Hadamard understands the stakes. He understands what was lost and, most importantly, he understands that time is running out. Forces beyond his control have reached a tipping point and a sentient world, long dormant, is awakening. Hadamard must prepare now for the coming doom before it is too late – even if that sparks an all-out war with neighboring territories. A war his people cannot hope to win. ■