The first in the Flight of the Maita series. An Earthman, "Z" Zutec, is abducted and finds himself on a spaceship with various other beings. The abductors are a race of insectoids. Z feels he must find a way to take over the ship and free his little group. He meets beings who will be with him for hundreds of years, and beings who will leave when - and if - he can successfully lead a revolt. - and what does the ship have to do with it, other than being the transportation?