New friends, new enemies, and a dangerous scientific expedition await Marie. Separated by a temporal shift phenomenon, the human survivors are together again. But where some, such as Marie and Alex, have only spent a few weeks on their new planet, for the others it's been six years! Six years they've spent with the Holorans, fellow castaways belonging to a felinoid race, one of whom Marie had rescued from hostile aliens. The Holorans have a plan: to use the very quantum anomalies that cause those temporal jumps in order to leave the planet.