The British empire was on the verge of revolution and at the centre of events are the Stuart sisters: Mary the Queen, and Anne the Queen-to-be, continually haunted by the memory of their father, James II, whom they have wronged.
Petty criminal Zara Cole is nearly on the road to jail when she is selected to be a member of Honors, an elite team of humans selected by a race of sentient alien ships to explore the outer reaches of the universe. Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth's dangers, but nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.
Two strangers arrive at Hundred Acre Field and the rumour is that a large housing estate is to be built there. While the protests and public enquiry take place, the villagers have other cause for shaking their heads when Miss Jackson falls in love and Joseph Coggs takes flight from Tyler's Row.