Prologue

The Cylons were built by man. They rebelled. After a long war, they won their independence. Free of their masters, the Cylons disappeared into the night sky, but they didn't forget.

Forty years later, they returned and annihilated their creators in a blinding surprise attack. The Cylons were without mercy. In a few hours, a thriving society of forty-nine billion souls spanning twelve planets was reduced to sixty thousand desperate survivors.

Laura Roslin, the newly ascended President of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol, sent teams of daring pilots across the colonies to rescue the few survivors not caught in the fiery holocaust. Hunted relentlessly by their unyielding foe, the rag-tag fleet is protected by the last known surviving warship, the Battlestar Galactica. Together, bound by desperation and faith, the fleet forges a new path, seeking sanctuary on a sacred world known only in myth. A planet called Earth.