Sacrificing the present to save the future.
The Star Alliance is being obliterated in a surprise wide-scale attack by the Obsidian Empire who allied themselves with an ancient enemy that everyone thought extinct. The Damocles-3 R&D station is under attack as is every other world and base throughout the sector. R&D Chief Engineer Spiros Malayianis is ordered to leave the station so his critical knowledge of advanced weaponry is preserved, which could be the Alliance's only hope for survival.
Before escaping, he's ordered to wipe out all of his research so it doesn't fall into enemy's hands, but Spiros has other plans.