The Stars are Black and Cold
It's been more than a century since the people of Earth began reaching out into the Void of interstellar space to colonize it. With humanity spread across the galaxy, the United Earth's abilities to protect the outlying colony worlds is spread thin, and centuries of company greed have led to power hunger corporatocracies declaring independence to farm the labor of their own people. When the Independent Colonies Allied Forces mount a battle for so called independence against the United Earth and its loyal colonies, the galaxy is embroiled in a war of moral grays.
Athlen Holt is a young man who grew up on a colony in Earth's orbit. A member of the so called 'Earthborn Elite,' when he reaches maturity, Athlen joins the United Earth Defense Interstellar Navy. Through a life of conflict, Athlen is forced to learn important lessons about life, the real world, the real cost of war, and himself. Athlen must find a way to live a complex life all set against the horrific backdrop of large scale, interplanetary war.
During his time at the United Earth Naval Academy, Athlen learns that if he wants to survive the war, he first must learn to be comfortable with himself, and how to rely on his friends.