A strange new world with primitive life. A mysterious and ancient starship. An energy resource with limitless possibilities. All these make the planet Kinjin a controversial discovery. Wade Vickers, former Space Marine and now an Arbiter of Law, pits himself against a corrupt corporation that will do anything, including ending his life, to bury the truth of Kinjin. But his real challenge is how to prove the sentience, and therefore the civil rights, of an entire race of beings?