Joshua Pike was a young private in the 56th Virginia under Garnett in Pickett's division. He was severely wounded along with his friend John Reikerk at the battle of Gettysburg. During the night following the battle he, Reikerk, and many others were picked up by a Set'Awa slaver and transported off world. Their injuries were repaired and the group was sold to a Set'Awa noble from Ayr'Ka II.
John and Joshua were assigned to different ships but kept in touch over the years via secret X-Boat communication. They're friendship however was known and John suffered reprisals after Pike lead a mutiny on board the Set'Awa Starship Kah'Les by human slaves against their Set'Awa overlords.