Space : the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Cardinal. Its lifelong mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no man has gone before. And to maybe kill a few deserving people along the way, make some money, and, hopefully, survive. Yes, I did totally rip that from Star Trek, but I just HAD to. When writing a book about space, you kinda have to take at least some if not all of your inspiration from one of the originals. I mean, it's not like I don't HAVE any inspiration - I probably won't need so much considering I don't have to make any of this up. It's my life experience, so it's not like I have to write up a story. Anyway. I'm getting ahead of myself. My name is Nyala King, and I am the Captain of the starship the Cardinal. I'm also a great pilot (if I do say so myself), an even better shot, and I'm not so bad with my fighting skills. Oh, and my shipmates? Don't worry about them. They aren't as important.