When salvager Kivita Vondir rescues an alien artefact from deep space, she finds far more than a lucrative take. Suddenly and inexplicably, she can hack computers and pilot starships by will alone. And now everyone in the Cetturo Arm wants Kivita's abilities. For her new powers might come from humanity's mythical creators, and the race is on between her pious employers, her ex-boyfriend turned rebel and two warring alien species to capture Kivita. For whoever possesses this power can control the stars themselves.