In this installment of the RCN Series, Leary and Adele are again sent to a remote sector, this time more as a rest cure than a serious mission. The rigors of the last mission were severe, and with Cinnabar and the Alliance finally at peace and neither side wanting to resume the war the chance for a relaxing, routine mission seems high.
But there are more sides than the two major powers in the fringes, and an ally wants to extend their influence by seizing an Alliance planet, using their supposed Cinnabar support as a shield. Will Leary risk war with the Alliance by supporting an ally, or risk death by fighting his own side?
Like always, Drake uses historical events to provide a framework for his stories, which adds to their realism. And he throws in enough actions for a dozen books in each volume.