Jeremy Austin never asked to be the fabled Paladin—it was bad enough being a "B" average student as the son of a world-famous geneticist for crying out loud! And Jeremy wants nothing to do with his father's multi-billion dollar biotech company, TerraGen Universal. But a wormhole through space is discovered and his father's expedition to establish a colony on planet Genesis goes missing. Surrounded by an army of mercenaries, Jeremy reluctantly ventures through TerraGen's portal and discovers a world at war. Jeremy is thrust into a civil war between alien races: one evil and Shadow spawned; the other…is a combination of human and alien nations who are desperately awaiting the arrival of a savior who will defeat the Shadow Lord. For Jeremy, the search for his father becomes lost in a struggle for survival and escape from those who would put the sword of the Paladin in his hands.