In this first half of the fourth book of the series, Signe and Arlen use a computer program to match couples. Jess fears that no man will wed a female lieutenant. Brant grasps an opportunity to avoid having to rely on the program. Evan takes a bold route towards attaining a bride. Amin embarks on an emotionally charged courtship. Signe handles the trauma engendered when Jason seeks to marry despite being burdened with a gruesomely disfigured face.
Conor and Eric patrol while their peers wed. Conor initiates a pitched battle, so as to foil a major attempt at larceny. When Eric hunts an outlaw in space, Midori encounters hostility from a Columbian misogynist who refuses to believe that the lovely woman qualifies as a warrior. He learns differently when she teams with him to launch a spectacular attack on the renegade’s stronghold.
Will problems develop when emotionally scarred people stand face to face with the stranger selected as their match by a computer program? Will two undermanned captains succeed in keeping the peace?