Space is big. Life is hard. For the men and women of NetWorld's Shatterbase, it's about to get a lot harder. Shatterbase One - a megacorporate dream come true on the border of the mysterious shatterverse. An uneasy alliance between NetWorld and Fleet makes this the launch point for an insanely ambitious project: to pierce the river of stone and energy. But what waits on the other side is deadly beyond imagining. The dream is about to become a nightmare. You are about to go beyond the Shatterzone.