For over half a century, humans have been at war with the birdlike zor, one of the alien races that humanity has encountered in its travels to the stars. For many years the conflicts have been sporadic, usually ending with an Earth concession and a treaty. But the zor do not respect mankind and have no intention of honoring the agreements.|
When the zor decide to mount a surprise attack against human colonies, the normally self-absorbed government of Earth realizes that something must be done before it is too late.
A controversial scholar by the name of Ivan Hector Charles Marais, a former Admiral, is brought in to take command of the Space Navy and defeat the enemy. Marais has spent his entire life studying the zor and claims to have a plan of how to deal with them once and for all. With so few options remaining, Marais is put in charge of the battlefleet. Earth just wants the threat neutralized and would be happy with a stalemate, but Marais has other ideas. He presents himself as the Dark Wing of zor mythology, the destructive side of reality. He believes he is destined to exterminate the zor and will under no circumstance accept a return to the status quo.