In the dying days of the Terran Confederacy
The Terran Confederacy: The shining jewel of humanity’s achievement, a joining together of fifty star systems for the common good of all. A golden apple, wonderful to behold, but rotten and wormy at its core ... inexorably sliding, even careening, toward civil war.
Rotten it may be, but the men and women of the Terran Space Military are bound to defend their nation with no less vigor, no less passion, than if the Confederacy were shiny and new. More than that, TSM’s finest face the daily challenge of making the Confederacy continue to work ... no easy task in the face of space pirates and bureaucrats who are little more than pirates.
Sydney Chambers is one of TSM’s brightest stars and greatest hopes, despite being effectively banished to the poor frontier system 16 Cygni. Yet fate is fickle: Banishment to the hinterlands may have put Sydney in the exact spot where History needs its greatest hope.