The space program is shaken to its very foundations upon discovering that Captain Bud Campbell and Galactic Navigator Cyril Snyder have been found brutally murdered. The news comes just ten days before the scheduled lift off of Magellan 7- the greatest, most expensive ship in the history of space travel. Also found dead was Joe Hatheridge, team leader of NASA's security and clearance branch known as The Bloodhounds.
Lester Moore, an ex-FBI agent and Joe's best friend and colleague soon becomes obsessed with the murder investigation. He picks up the scent that will inevitably lead him not only to the true source of these atrocities but to the very origins of modern man's being and existence.