Late 2606. Professor Bernice Summerfield is... well she looks nearly 40 but it's difficult to tell what with all the time travel. She's on her way to a funeral, and to meet up with people she's not seen since her 20s. Ex-husband Jason is keen to go with her. Benny never talks about that period of her life - what she did to keep out of the war, where she travelled or how she survived. She's run through time and space to avoid this reunion. But the best-selling author of Down Among The Dead Men must finally uncover her own past.