The Broken Places is the second book in Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda series. It opens with the return of first officer Beka Valentine's ne'er-do-well brother, Rafe. Convinced he has located their long-lost mother, Rafe implores Beka to join him in retrieving her. Against the wishes of Captain Dylan Hunt, Beka takes her small ship and leaves Andromeda. Dylan has his hands full with another potential crisis: a human revolt on Alpha Centauri, where the overseer Nietzscheans, a genetically engineered super race, have agreed to meet with the Human representatives to work out a peaceful settlement. The prospect for peace seems good until the Knights of Genetic Purity, who abhor genetic alterations of any kind, show up. Beka and Rafe get their mother back, only to have her lead them on a wild hunt for a set of ancient runes, which in turn brings them to a relic so powerful that it has the potential to destroy the entire universe. Vare, former staff writer for the Andromeda TV show, and Morris have the characters down cold in this rip-roaring adventure.