The scene in the alley was too cliché for even sixteen-year-old Eli Thorson, a down on his luck teen living in the slums of Old Earth who has been raised on the tall tales of his ancestors. He calls on the gods of his ancestors to save him when he runs into bioengineered alien Mi'Kazi gang members on his way home with sponsored weekly rations to feed him and his mother. The last thing he expects is for them to answer with a Black Ops specialist. But this is no ordinary specialist, this is the Reaper. The most feared of them all. And his life is about to change.