The time is the 23rd century. Richard Cox is the commander of the Johnson Point Space Surveillance Installation on Danovia Prime. For five years there has been relative calm in this region of interstellar space. An uptick in monitored subspace and regular frequency radio traffic discloses disturbing calls for help, as entire worlds in an area known as Gulf are being obliterated! As Cox, Executive Officer Genni Carr, and Prime Minister Jon Dewey confer, the cause of this destruction has been transported for hiding at the North Pole of their terrestrial moon Trinity by two male Terran ne?er-do-wells and two female Dakkarosi denizens. An ancient modified Expansion War-era Terran transport is spotted from orbit by a vessel on routine patrol, as it?s in the process of unloading a huge block of ancient silver metal. The perpetrators are apprehended and interrogated on Danovia. It?s disclosed that these Dakkarosi denizens ignited the spreading conflict by stealing this object from the unknown and powerful Ypsilanti Empire. As the gravity of this situation is debated, they listen in stunned disbelief: The Terran males have secretly ferried scores of Dakkarosi to Trinity! That act alone has now placed Danovia in the cross hairs of the most lethal killing machine in the cosmos. The personnel of Johnson Point can only hold their breaths as this situation spawned in the depths of interstellar space spirals out of control in Volume 1 of In The Crosshairs: The Interstellar War Ignites!