The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand—despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy that they would oppose is inscrutable unconquerable and very far away A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand year conflict to perform his duties without rancor and even rise up through military ranks Pvt Mandella is willing to do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home But home may be even terrifying than battle because thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries


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