Note: Originally due for release in November 1996, it was delayed for several months due to Ben Aaronovitch being unable to deliver the novel on time (depending on whose story you believe, this was either due to writer's block, a PC hard disk crash, or both). Kate Orman was drafted in at this point to help finish the novel. Plot-wise it "belongs" between Damaged Goods and Bad Therapy.
The Earth Empire — the Imperium Humanum, upon which a thousand suns never set — is dying.
The Great Houses of the Empire manoeuvre and scheme for advantage; alliances are made; and knives flash in the shadows. Out among the moons of Jupiter, another battle is just beginning, as an ancient brotherhood seeks limitless power and long-overdue revenge.
The Doctor returns to the thirtieth century, searching for the source of a terrifying weapon. He fears a nightmare from his own past may be about to destroy the future. Nothing must be allowed to get in his way.
But the Doctor has reckoned without the power of history — which has its own plans for the wayward daughter of the House of Forrester.
Kate Orman lives in Sydney, Australia. This is her fifth and a half novel in the New Adventures series. Ben Aaronovitch lives in North London and is married with one son.