Peter Blackwell wakes from a coma into a world he doesn't recognise or understand, where hopelessness prevails and suicide is normal. Without memory or identity, all he has are nine random images. Nine planets. Eight he can see although he does not understand them, but the impenetrable ninth is the secret that two opposing and hidden brotherhoods have been searching for for nearly two millennia. In a time-hidden parallel reality on the edges of our visible world, pursued and betrayed, Blackwell has just twelve days to unlock his ninth planet and prevent terminal worldwide suicide. And his only ally is a manic assassin sent out to extract the secret and kill him.