Ever since his classic debut, The Tar-Aiym Krang, the first of the wildly successful Pip and Flinx adventures, New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster has captivated readers around the world. Now this writer of bold imagination and stunning originality has created an electrifying space epic set in a universe at once strangely familiar and starkly terrifying. Familiar because the universe is ours; terrifying because the human condition might soon be. . . .Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But thats all in the past, part of a life half forgottena reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space.Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize hes trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers hes just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of cute aliens from primitive planetsdestined to be sold as pets to highly advanced populations in civilized regions of the galaxy.Even if he werent constantly watched by his captors, Walker has few options. After all, there is no escape from a speeding starship. Another man might resign himself to the inevitable and hope to be sold to a kindly owner, but not Walker. This former college football star has plenty of American ingenuity and no intention of admitting defeat, now or ever. In fact, hes only just begun to fight.The adventure will continue with two more novelsFrom the Hardcover edition.