What happens when everything goes wrong? Captain Dani Forrest believes the tough get going but that doesn't help when she and most of her starship crew are succumbing to a mysterious illness, her First Officer has been captured by renegade miners, a wet-behind-the-ears cultural attaché is running amok on her ship, Khrars are on her tail, and an assassin has been sent to kill her. Then there are the aliens...who seem to be human...but then again, how could they be? To top it off, the alien captain has an allure all her own but Dani can't focus her disease-addled brain long enough to decide if the other woman is friend or foe. The future for Dani's starship doesn't look too bright. Will a fleet of revenge-seeking Khrar warships blow the U.C.S.S. Boedicea to smithereens or will she be left to float among the stars as a ghost ship while her crew dies off one-by-one?