Youthful Captain Brent Antiochus is on his first mission with his privately owned cargo ship, The Lady Bountiful, when his crew spots a man-shaped escape pod floating free in space. After retrieving it, they discover a cryogenically frozen man inside. The rescued man calls himself Sirgi Melik, who has no memory of who he is or how he came to be inside the pod. Slowly, he and Brent develop a relationship that is going well until new evidence suggests that Sirgi is not all he claims to be.
When pirates attack the cargo ship and threaten its priceless load of life-saving Ferrox pods, Brent must decide whether Sirgi is his ally or the mastermind behind the deadly raid.