Amy’s day starts with three things: Coffee, breakfast, then brains. In that order. Relax, it’s not what you think. She’s just your everyday neurosurgeon who can fix everyone’s brain but her own. Even if she regularly works with mages on complex medical procedures—she’s still a mundane. She’s turning fifty, and her last achievement was what, ten years ago? She’s not sure if anyone even remembers it.
Thomas Brand’s rational view of the universe is challenged when a sailing ship lands on Clapton Pond during the London riots. The strange alien crew disturbs him and his friend, Lucy Thomson, but the message the ship’s captain gives them is stranger. They must choose whether to travel to a distant planet to complete a task that would change the destiny of its inhabitants and affect life throughout the universe. And it will change their lives forever.