"Jimson Alleca has twenty years to live - or just one. Twenty years if he stays on his home world, where his disease can be treated. One year if he follows his desire to travel the galaxy.
When he meets Leiko his mind is made up, and he follows her out into space. There they enlist as crew members on a dangerous and illegal voyage - to steal one of the fabulous crystal masks of distant Demea.
But it will prove a journey of immense problems and perils - and one that becomes a race against time for Jimson..."