From the publisher:
A meet with other civilizations turned out to be discouraging, the Earth is late – the Galaxy has been already divided between Strong races. Others have to be small screws in this difficult and at the same time very simple structure of the star society. They can do only things that they do best of all. And people have to be space carriers (because they only can survive during the “jump” - a momentary jump for a distance of several light years). But will the humanity tolerate the trade of space trifles – or try to find their way and stand even with Strong?.. A new novel by Sergey Lukianenko is a traditional “space opera” and read avidly.