The Guild Library is a magnificent database of humanity’s knowledge and history. It is managed by a universe-wide government called the Galactic Guild of Enforcement from its capital on the planet of Ur-Magad. Any citizen of the Guild can easily learn about their past in the Library - from humanity’s unexpected need to leave Earth and colonize other planets, through the war-torn times before the Guild’s existence that nearly saw humanity enslaved, to the fragile peace that has persevered after its formation.
Three series of stories among those archives stand out, however, each representing a different span of time and cast of characters across nearly a millennium. Despite those differences, all three are connected through the peculiar and incomparable circumstances surrounding a murder; a situation made even more unusual in that is all sparked by a Guild Investigator who finds an inside-out sock.