A 16-year-old boy and his two sisters discover they possess a rare form of magic called the power of imagination and set out to make it work with modern technology including computers, the Internet and Artificial Intelligence to help overthrow the dictatorial regime running their country.
Stuart Watson operates a thriving business maintaining complex machines and computer systems. Demand for his services soars when he suddenly can repair ones no one else is able to using diagnostic skills well beyond his training and experience as a mechanical engineer.
He retreats to a local watering hole one evening to compile a list of his strange experiences only to discover a woman in the tavern can block his ability to overhear conversations. Before he can meet her, a bedraggled old man appears out of nowhere claiming to be a 300-year-old wizard named Byron who needs Stuart’s protection from an assassin. The assassin is another oldie who Stuart has to subdue. When he does, the oldie turns to dust.
Accompanied by Byron who promises a complete explanation, Stuart heads into the night plunging him into a searing heat wave that is part of a string of deadly weather events and natural disasters that have killed more than a billion people on Earth.
Byron explains the disasters and terrorist attacks are being caused by a cabal of disgruntled ancient Wizards, known as The Brotherhood, which wants to gain control of the planet.
As hard as that is to accept, even more unbelievable is Byron’s claim Stuart has combined magic with his technology skills. He wants Stuart to help him stop The Brotherhood from killing more people.
Judyth Sawyer is a surgeon who has come into special powers to perform life-saving operations. She discovered the emergence of Stuart’s abilities and tracked him to the tavern to learn more about him. She witnessed the arrival of Byron and the disappearance of the other oldie whom no one else appeared to see.
Having barely avoided self-destruction, an ancient race has expanded to eight other worlds. While the Beings explored Earth numerous times during two centuries with their flying saucers, they didn’t consider the primitive Terrans worth contacting. That changes when their worlds came under attack from a relentless, mysterious foe. The aliens offer to repair Earth’s ravaged environment in exchange for pilots and soldiers to fight their foe. The First Earth Expeditionary Force battles in space and on the ground while trying to comprehend how thousands of humans had been conscripted into fighting for the enemy. Equally puzzling for FEEF is figuring out the motives of robot-like creatures that serve the aliens, and discovering the origin of centuries old ruins on several planets and a seemingly uninhabited community under a protective dome.
Genghis, a biological robot, has spent 30 years striving to understand how his life has changed since the Nameless War that made him a hero to humans and Beings. His search for answers led to serving as a crew member on a Being transport starship which encounters a derelict space craft of unknown origin. He succeeds in boarding it and after he’s joined by four more Biots, the craft powers up and takes off with them as reluctant but curious passengers. They discover nine shutdown robots while exploring the ship, which brings them to a rundown space station orbiting a giant ball of molten lava. On board the station are a few more robots unable to operate the station. The runaway vessel is followed by Being Galaxyships determined to rescue the Biots and discover the builders of the spaceship if they still exist. Among the pursuers is the cruiser Aurreol crewed entirely by Biots including the commander who has her own reasons for finding Genghis. On the station, Genghis slowly pieces together the robot’s origin. They were built by a species that was nearly wiped out in attacks the survivors blame on their rivals. Genghis and Woodsy, a maverick robot, discover the rivals were attacked at the same time and set out to find the aggressor.