The Raymonds are a proud clan whose roots run deep in the Camericon soil, as well as Society operations.
At present, the head of the family is Daylen Raymond, who is married to his wife, Naura. Their son, Vikaré, is torn between supporting the family's involvement with a maligned shadow organization or using his unusually strong analytical skills to further work on the growing superstructure. His parents, who have sacrificed much for their son's survival, pressure him to side with the family.
Daylen's sister, Helen Raymond, is a blunt, angry woman who obsesses over two things: her surgically altered appearance, and the allure of power. Her eagerness knows no bounds, and she is willing to do practically anything to get what she wants. Even if it means putting her own blood directly in harm's way...
The Raymond siblings are haunted by family secrets, long-held grudges and simmering personal conflicts, all which threaten to turn them upon one another.
The Camericon government's position is precarious. Weakened by the long-ended Circudominion Conflict, the superpower's leadership struggles with being the second strongest coalition of former countries on the planet.
Boiling control issues between the north and the south, rampant overspending and general angst among the populace are ready to erupt in violence at any moment. However, thanks to intense propaganda campaigns, the Camericons stave off the majority of conflict...for now.
When a mysterious extraterrestrial vessel lands in the Panama Canal, all of the tables are suddenly turned. The balance of world power is once again in the Camericons' hands, but the balance of continental control shifts dramatically to the south. When the Society Solaria steps in and begins surreptitiously moving pawns for their own gains, the struggle threatens to boil over in the open and take down the superstructure--and superpower--with it.
One woman in the middle of the bureaucracy, Dianne Wolenstein, works to thwart the Society through any means possible. But as she untangles the organization, she learns just how pervasive and perverse it actually is.
The Society Solaria's origins are veiled at best and torrid at worst. Some say the group was formed by a prophet touched with the words of the sun goddess Solana herself at the height of the Event, the moment the sun entered its final stage. Others whisper that its teachings are sheer madness imagined by a grieving father with nowhere else to turn.
It has spent the past two hundred years building a vast global net of power and prosperity, entrenched within front organizations including local businesses, charities and universities. Supporters range from common laypeople all the way up to government elites.
The Society's primary credo is stark: humanity must, and will, pay for the destruction is has caused the sun.
One of the Society's top front organizations, the Cognitionem Institute supports research into memory and cognitive issues. Its leadership board includes Daylen Raymond, who serves as the group's secretorian. At the helm is a prickly woman named Beatrice Collins, who seeks out any reason to torment Daylen. Beatrice's hatred of Daylen is eclipsed only by her sexual voracity, which she regularly takes out on her handsome, dangerous second-in-command, Nicolas Carver.
Rounding out the board are treasurer Theodorus Knight, a shrewd, mousy accountant, and public relations-focused member-at-large Ned Freybringer, a slimy businessman who lacks a moral compass.
The Institute works closely with the Society Solaria, and its members prove staggeringly useful when the prophecy of Solana unfolds and the goddess inhabits a human vessel.
When ripples of the Event finally reached the Trtaaniy, a progressive quadruped race from a faraway planet known as Bä, they decided to see what advanced civilization had wrought such destruction upon a star. They stumble upon Earth, where their advanced encrypted language befuddles all except one on the blue and green planet.
In exchange for an alliance against unseen foes, the Trtaaniy promise to help humanity finish construction on the superstructure and seek a new home in the galaxy. But with suspicions about their true motives running high, and Society protests decrying their authenticity, the beings are met with a tremendous amount of undue resistance at every step.
With dwindling optimism and only one individual who can communicate with humanity on their behalf, the Trtaaniy set out to do the impossible: save a race known for only destruction, distrust and desecration.
Rising Son is an unforgettable story about family, choices and passions. It begs the question: which is ultimately stronger, conservation or destruction? Take the journey today, and may the light guide your path.
Rising Son takes readers to the edge of the 29th century and shows them a world filled with technology, turmoil and terroristic cults. Prepare to be immersed as you explore its secrets and traps.