Ethan Richards develops a warp bubble drive to travel faster than light (ftl), a lifelong dream, with the help of Russian and Chinese Scientists, almost killing himself in the process. The Russians and Chinese decide to cooperatively compete with different concepts to develop their own ftl means of space travel.
With the help of an assembled team, Ethan builds a spaceship with a warp bubble drive to test it. The drive requires Astatine, the rarest element on earth, to produce sufficient muons that power then drive. The element is prevalent on the Saturnian moon, Iapetus, making this the destination of the first space voyage of their ship, Destiny.
Loki Mason, a business mogul always on the lookout for new means to increase his wealth and power, finds out about the Astatine deposit on Iapetus and its value for the ftl drive. He must possess the material and have monopolistic control of it. He infiltrates the team with a saboteur to delay the project while he builds a spaceship himself to take him to Iapetus.
Ethan and Loki race to be first to Iapetus to claim the Astatine deposit and control the future of ftl space travel. Both Ethan and Loki arrive at Iapetus at the same time and a standoff results, which can only be resolved with force. Who will prevail and at what cost?