This is a story of humanity venturing into the unknown, as it has always done. One step leads to another, but not all are as sturdy as one might hope. Sometimes you just have to put your foot forward and hope for the best. The Brane Skip Device is unproven, but, if it works, it may allow a spaceship to skip between layers of reality, bypass normal space, and avoid the universal speed limit—the speed of light. The theory behind it is poorly understood. Lisa Chang, mission commander for its first crewed test, doesn't trust it. It seems like magic to her, and she doesn't believe in magic—not even after the ship skips to a fantasy version of Earth, complete with dragons, orcs, and wizards. This, ultimately, is her greatest advantage.