In this third book of the series, Signe and Arlen found the Interworld Corps: a body of peacekeepers. The former archenemies marry, having fallen in love after achieving the accord depicted in Master of Intrigue. The rigorous training program they conduct defuses lingering feelings of enmity assailing their twelve captains. When a violent clash between a Gaean and a Columbian occurs, Arlen handles the situation brilliantly. A potential crisis becomes a bonding experience for all twelve men.
Twelve ships begin to patrol a vast volume of space. Having persuaded Arlen to accept seven female Gaean spacer-fighters, Signe finds that instead of waiting until those women prove their worth, Arlen demands an immediate decision regarding how they’ll employ the women they’ll recruit as wives for their male spacers. In the ensuing debate, Signe scores a huge victory over Arlen’s culturally programmed gender-bias.
When the Co-Commanders handle a dire situation involving the taking of civilian hostages on an isolated station by a vicious renegade, will Signe’s faith in her female warriors prove justified?