Refuge weaves a tale of a modern day  Everyman in quest for self-actualization and victory over all restraints  to hold him back. After the devastating death of his parents in a plane  crash, Lionel Xpofer, a child prodigy and now a very young professor,  is driven deeper into his research. The journey leads to the creation of  DESA, an organization populated by disgruntled military, artificial  intelligent beings utilizing electronic templates of human DNA, and  scientists of all types. Xpofer's quest reaches literally into outer  space and along the way uncovers political corruption run amuck with  deception and double dealing not only with humans but with alien beings.  Xpofer navigates these murky waters with strength and pioneering  spirit.