Playing by the book? That’s not good enough for Crown Prince George! In his attempt to delay his appearance at the Emperor’s court, he triggers an alien invasion of his own star system. The whole of the Empire watches the live broadcast with bated breath as his fleet battles the awesome invaders. The Iseyeks – gigantic sentient praying mantises – are suitably impressed too, so they promptly remind the Crown Prince of his allied duties. The Sector Eight Fleet hurries to the Swarm’s aid… but sadly disregards the insects’ hive mentality.
Desperate to prolong their own existence for a few extra months, the insects unflinchingly sacrifice the human fleet. What is George supposed to do? He can’t turn back – not with a doomed fleet in his wake! So he battles through armadas of alien starships, ignoring the “Victory impossible!" system messages and laying an elusive path to freedom across yet unexplored star systems. George is bent on breaking free – and no amount of enemy can stop him!