You should ask Chappysmom - this is one of her favorite books, if I remember correctly!
Hmm, I'm curious--I don't think my copy HAS a synopsis at the front . . . but I do know that when she originally wrote the book, she had a prologue all ready to go, spelling out certain facts, but decided not to publish it. But there ARE revelations in the next two books (Jovah's Angel, and The Alleluia Files) both of which I highly recommend. Which, probably, isn't a surprise. I've made no secret of my love for Sharon Shinn's books! (grin)