The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water poisonous. It is the home of the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. Felix is a scout in Ateam Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred. And he is protected not only by his customfitted body armor, the culmination of ten thousand years of the armorerscraft, but also by an odd being which seems to live with him, a cold killing machine he calls the Engine.