Music Of A Distant Drum
Tyr crash-lands a battle-scarred Eureka Maru on a strange planet, barely conscious and unable to remember how or why he got there. He discovers that he is in possession of a mysterious sealed crate, and soon learns that whatever is inside is sought by a brutal race of fellow Nietzcheans called Dragons, who are arriving in ever increasing numbers.
Beka and Harper encounter a wounded Perseid who bites Harper just before dying. The crew learn that the Perseid was a fugitive when a bounty hunter arrives and demands that they hand him over. But it's Harper who's in mortal danger when his brain becomes overloaded with information transferred from the Perseid during the bite.