Generations after Earth’s become inhabitable, humans have spread out amongst the stars, colonizing far enough and long enough to forget the way back. Galaxies and governments plot intrigues and ploy trade with planets and coalitions that trace their ancestries to the great houses and countries of the Earth That Was. However the search among the vast expanses of space for the elusive starchart of the First Ones has never been abandoned. Many scholars have scoured the known Verse and have failed where the infamous Dr. Amelia Jayne has succeeded. Financed by the Gianic Order and wielding the auspiciously won Starchart, Dr. Jayne leads the first expedition back to Earth to rediscover the human homeworld. What she finds there may change the future of human identity, test her loyalties, and cost her more than she ever anticipated.