Six weeks ago, Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster were court-martialed for their role in an event Central Gov denies ever happened. Their punishment is to patrol the nearly empty space of the Third Sector. However this mundane mission quickly turns treacherous when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders.
A PSI generation ship – the same one that recently broke off negotiations with Foster – is also in the sector and joins in the desperate battle that leaves ninety-seven of Exeter’s crew dead. An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage, and Exeter is only the beginning. It becomes clear that someone is willing to set off a war and the clues point to the highest echelons of power … and deep into Shaw’s past.