There’s only one man who makes Dr. Karin Vexley supremely uncomfortable, and he has just transferred to her ship. Finding out this nasty bit of news, is a revelation and a warning. Karin wants to shut out the former and ignore the latter. The child prodigy has packed a lot of accomplishments into her tender twenty-one years, but shutting out the man who says she looks like a gorgeous angel, is not going to be one of them. Today, Karin is a Chief Medical Officer on the latest Devon-class prototype starship, the UGS Trevor Meridian. Her friend, Kitaya, serves beside her – often literally since all Fleet crew members are encouraged to train for double or triple classification. Their current mission is as curious as it’s troubling. And the two of them, along with the ship's captain, Gallen DeWynter, have a lot of questions that the bureaucrats in the Abredeen Admiralty are not willing to answer. What do you do? When your orders are morally reprehensible but you can’t ignore them without ruining your career and that of every crew member on board. When you know you’re being manipulated but can’t prove it. And when you’re asked to close your eyes at the time when only seeing means to stay alive.