Hundreds of light-years from Earth, the starship Thüringen and her 9-man Team touch down in the riverside city of Kchai-saman on a mission of First Contact. To their dismay, they find themselves entangled in an invasion. Led by their expansionist First-Lord Mandaar, forces from the rival city of Sempenan arrive to encircle Kchai-saman. After failing to storm the wall they settle in for a prolonged siege, never suspecting their enemies have the support of powerful beings from beyond the sky.
Like sailing ships of old, no way exists for the Team to call home for help. Their book of rules says little about how to behave when the city they’ve landed in faces annihilation. Nor does it shed light upon what to do when a member of the Team unexpectedly falls in love with a gorgeous alien enchantress who also happens to be the daughter of that city’s most powerful and influential politician.