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.