Dylan attempts to rescue Tyr and Beka by taking the Maru back towards the tunnel, but is forced to abandon it due to a large field of debris being sucked into the tunnel. When he returns, Beka and Tyr appear on Andromeda for no apparent reason. Now that her crew has been reunited, the Andromeda attempts to break free from the gravitational pull of the tunnel. During the attempt, Beka tries to slip too early, causing the Andromeda to be pulled into the tunnel. Dylan quickly takes control of the helm and pulls the ship out, but Tyr and Beka both seem to be acting ...
Andromeda receives a distress call from a freighter, and manages to get it into the docking bay, but it is venting oxygen and the bay doors are jammed open. Dylan and Tyr manage to save most of its crew from suffocation, but they all exhibit signs of brain damage. Their leader informs Dylan that they have escaped from a hellish slave world that no one has ever escaped from before.
Dylan and the Andromeda are ordered by the reformed High Guard to transport and protect a candidate for election to Second Triumvir in the New Commonwealth. To the crew's surprise the candidate is none other than Beka's "Uncle" Sid, a sneaky and sleazy "businessman" who used to work with her father. Both Beka and Dylan are concerned that Sid may become part of the ruling body of the New Commonwealth, but when they find Sid unconscious and bleeding in his office they are forced to protect him from his assailants.
Trance mourns the loss of her relative, Mesmer, but in the middle of the ceremony the Andromeda is hit by many massive shockwaves, sending the ship reeling. They discover that the shockwaves emanated from a star going supernova, and signs point towards the use of a weapon similar to a nova bomb. The crew comes to the conclusion that Marduk, a rogue planet, is the source of the weapon, but the Andromeda needs help to achieve its goals.
Another "founding father" of the New Commonwealth contacts Dylan to help in taking down a very deadly assassin named "the Leper" who is currently targeting him. He has Dylan keep this mission top secret, even from his superiors. In order to get information on the Leper's whereabouts Dylan promotes himself as an agent of the Leper looking to hire talent for a hit. He manages to catch the Leper's sister, Sasha, in his trap and milks her for information.
During a terrible solar storm, Dylan, in the Maru, is forced to leave Beka and Harper planetside. He manages to rescue them during a calm in the storm, and while being recovered by the Andormeda the trio discovers a stowaway creature from the planet devouring the Maru's electronics, starting with the guidance systems. Unable to stop the creature from moving to the Andromeda and reproducing, the crew must find the creatures before they permanently cripple the ship.
An unknown armored man appears on the command deck of the Andromeda and proceeds to engage Dylan in combat with a katana. After Dylan comes out on top, Tyr leaves in Harper's new and improved slipfighter without a word. The Andromeda encounters a kilometer-tall version of Dylan that opens fire on the ship, but when the Andromeda retaliates the giant replica vanishes. Dylan investigates who attacked him and whom Tyr left to find.
In an alternate time, Gehris Rhade kills Dylan Hunt, and is frozen in time for 300 years. Now he's determined to rebuild the Commonwealth, that he helped to destroy. "In the End, we're all the heroes of our own story." --Dylan Hunt
Trance sees a probable future that results in the deaths of the entire crew and the destruction of the Andromeda. She trims a bonsai tree, resetting the scenario to try a different approach. An object approaches the Andromeda and is not swayed from its intended target, even by the Andromeda's defenses. A mysterious man in black armor appears before Harper, damaging systems he had just finished repairing then disappearing. He reappears on the bridge and kills Beka before disappearing again. Trance again trims her bonsai, again resetting the incident.
While on their way in the Maru to the launching of the first new Commonwealth starship in over three hundred years, Dylan, Beka, and Tyr rush ahead to warn the new battleship, the Crimson Sunrise, of an incoming Nietzschean battle group. They suspect that there is an agent on board the Sunrise, and their suspicions are confirmed when the engines go critical and the Sunrise is destroyed. Many on board the Sunrise survived in escape pods, but they discover the pods are leaking air. As they rescue the survivors, they also investigate the sabotage and realize that the ...
Beka is called as a character witness for a friend on a planet where lying and deception are punishable crimes. Dylan is away at a strategic defense summit. Beka manages to get into a fight with the authorities and demands to see her "friend". She and Tyr break him out of prison and hide him on board the Andromeda. He was under arrest for crimes against the defense conglomerate Techno-Core, but the crew of the Andromeda, especially Beka, believe him to be innocent.
A newly colonized planet of the Commonwealth comes under attack by Pyrian "pyroformers", but when Dylan destroys the machines, the Pyrian fleet arrives to defend its property. Dylan hopes to talk them out of their goals, but they are not deterred. Dylan is forced into a battle he did not want, one where he is outmatched.
While in command of the Andromeda during the night shift, Harper decides to initiate a little race with a friendly Nietzschean vessel to the nearest slip-point. When he tries a trick he calls "Harper's Afterburner" to beat his rival to the slip-point and into slipstream he causes a malfunction in the engine that could cause the destruction of the Andromeda. The Andromeda receives a communication from a system thousands of light-years away, but the signal appears to be only a few days old. Dylan hears voices telling him to pursue the signal to its source on a planet of...
The Andromeda gets caught in the middle of a battle between two Nietzschean prides, one of which is the Drago-Kazov. They manage to capture a hostile fighter from the unknown pride. He reveals that the Drago-Kazov believe that his pride has in its possession a legendary Nietzschean slip-scout, the Midnight's Voice, claimed to have mapped billions of transit points in the slipstream, as well as the slipstream itself. Dylan looks into the near-mythic tale of the Midnight's Voice while Tyr interrogates their Nietzschean captive.
After exiting a rather turbulent part of slipstream, the Andromeda finds itself in the middle of the Prolon system, an area full of radiation and dangerous materials, including corrosive waste. The Andromeda saves a hibernation capsule from destruction, but sustains heavy damage at the hands of its pursuers, who demand that Dylan return the inhabitant, their princess, to their custody.
Tyr leaves the Andromeda while it is in dry-dock for repairs to seek out other survivors of his pride. Dylan and the rest of the crew remain to see off the newest Commonwealth battleship, the Resolution of Hector. The AI to be installed in the Hector was derived from Andromeda and the former AI of the Wrath of Achilles, who was destroyed in a prior mission. Matters become complicated when Romy leads a strike force to take control of the Resolution of Hector.
Tyr makes his move. He has convinced the Nietcheans he is the genetic reincarnation of Drago Museveni, the progenitor of his race. The Neitcheans break away from the Commonwealth. And he tries to force Dylan into a decision to save his crew by killing of the Drago Katzoff pride, or sacrifice the Andromeda and save the pride.