In 2095 near Hierapolis in Turkey, an old man discovers an ancient manuscript in a tomb. The Vatican proclaims it a true historical account of Jesus of Nazareth.
In part, the manuscript says that God will send his Son to all inhabited worlds in the universe before the end of days.
The St. Philip Research Academy (SPRA) and its operational arm, the Alien Corps, are created to explore the universe for evidence of the approaching apocalypse. (Dust and Ashes tells the story of the discovery of the manuscript. It is available FREE to members of PJ's readers club.)
Almost a hundred years later, Hickory Lace is a lecturer at the SPRA, having been dismissed from the Corps several years earlier because of a failed mission. She is recalled to active service to investigate the volatile political situation on the strategically important world, Prosperine. Rumors of a revolution by fundamentalists are rife and intelligence has reported an alien working miracles. Hickory’s superiors believe her unique empathic abilities and experience in dealing with alien cultures could prove pivotal. The alien miracle worker might even provide the proof the Academy has been searching for since a recent religious world war all but wiped out the human race.
The Planet Prosperine
But Earth isn't the only one interested in Prosperine. When Hickory and her team arrive, they find themselves at the center of a plot by the non-aligned planets to seize Prosperine's precious Crynidium resource. Earth's Surfboard technology requires the liquid metal to reach faster-than-light speed - the reason for the planet's galactic supremacy.
Earth's fate lies in the balance. To stop the insurgents, Hickory needs to reconnect with the powerful empathic power she was born with. Otherwise, Earth could return to the Dark Ages.