Set against a background of a galactic cold war, the destruction of the Gypsy Moth sets off a chain of events that could affect the entire galaxy. Cara Tayley finds herself the unwilling prisoner of a ruthless band of pirates bent on bringing the Confederacy to its knees. Meanwhile the new tactical officer of the CSS Aurora is put on a collision course with Tayley and her captors as his ship is assigned to patrol the Aule Sector.
His mission: end the rising threat of piracy.
His orders: shoot to kill.