The unfortunate inhabitants of Ariadna are the remnants of a lost human colony. Originally sent to settle a new planet in a distant system accessible only by a wormhole, they were left stranded upon the wormhole's untimely collapse. The settlers dissolved into a number of separate colonies - the Cossacks, Americans, Scottish and French. They fought the planet's hostile environment, its alien inhabitants, and finally each other to survive. Now Ariadna's rich mineral resources are attracting the attention of PanOceania and Yu Jing. But the proud survivors of Ariadna will not be exploited without a fight.