Baron Crabbe is high on legends of the Trader and rumors of a secret cache. He occupies a redoubt but the old tech remains unfathomable. His ace in the hole is Ryan Cawdor and his band. Prisoners at blaster point, they're ordered to use the matter-transfer units to secure the whereabouts of the imagined weapons stockpile. Ryan knows the truth-and it won' t help Crabbe. But the only option is to play along with the crazed Baron's scheme and make the dangerous jumps in a limited window of time.