Edwin Amis¸ new commander of the Eridani Light Horse¸ faces a touch decision: Should he openly defy the First Lord of the Star League? Sun-Tzu Liao¸ the First Lord¸ has sent Star League troops as "peace-keepers" to the St. Ives Compact to prevent open rebellion by angry citizens-but they're not seeking peace.
Amis knows the mission is only a guise for reclaiming territory for the Capellan Confederation¸ and he's ready to station counter-forces on Milos¸ close to the heart of the Capellan capital. But on Milos¸ things are already escalating-Death Commando Chen Shao and his ruthless partner¸ Nessa Ament¸ have secretly murdered a dissident's family in cold blood. Now¸ in what could erupt into full-scale war¸ both forces are at each other's throats...
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