The galaxy is vast and not everything is what it seems. The invasion we always feared is here. Which begs the question: what do the invaders fear? If not us, then what . . . or who? And what happens to the would-be peacemakers when they find themselves in the middle of something else? Something dangerous, something highly advanced, and . . . something familiar?
A wise humanity prepares for everything it can imagine.
It cannot prepare for what it cannot imagine.
That might be benign, it might be malign, or there might be a sign.
A HIRED GUN DELIVERS FRONTIER JUSTICE ON A COLONY WORLD.
The man called Twelve is a hired gun, taking his laser pistol from planet to planet, hiring his services out to the highest bidder.
He finds himself on Glycon-Prime, a new colony at the edge of space. On the hunt for work, Twelve blows into a small, frontier town—only to find a massacre.
The only survivors? A trio of young children, devastated by the murder of their families. They are hell-bent on hiring the gunslinger to get revenge on the leader of the vicious mutants responsible . . . the man known only as The Serpent’s Head.