First came the tourists . . . Ondine was a resort planet. Sixteen million tourists traveled there from just about every world you could think of to live and love in sixteen million different ways.
Then came the Machists . . . They had gobbled up world after world, spreading their culture to thousands of different races with a brutal, vicious, but most effective system. They were inhuman, unthinking, uncaring. The Combine had already seen what they had done on other worlds, seen whole populations converted into something horrible, something not quite human, non-thinking and no longer caring. Now they had captured Ondine, and no human could save the planet. . . and then Daniel came.
Daniel was a cyborg, a former fighter pilot now wedde4d to a master computer and life-support system housed in a flying golden egg. He was the Combine scientists' finest creation, a spaceship that could control 22 robot slaves. He was the perfect savior for Ondine, but for one thing. Everyone seemed to forget that somewhere deep inside that golden egg was a very human being . . .