A shocking report is delivered to the galactic Nomads at their annual meeting: “FIVE OF OUR WORLDS ARE MISSING!” A “world” is a gigantic starship, full of trade goods and family members; a man-made, self-sustaining city-state.
The Nomads themselves were an unplanned by-product of man’s conquest of the stars. They were the gypsies of the distant future, the restless rovers of outer space. To Joachim of the PEREGRINE, they represented a way of life to be dearly defended.
Thus, it fell to him to make his own world-ship the bait in a cosmic trap.