The Galactic Confederation is determined to stop the war between the Shavlans and the Deorin. Its Mediator, Joran Lovrel, brings all his wiles and experience to beak down Chana's resistance to peace. But can Channa trust him?
Isolated in the neutral territory of the Confederation's base, Mediator and Envoy begin a battle of wits more demanding than any military campaign.
Meanwhile, in Shavla new allegiances are formed, fresh betrayals hatched. And in the name of peace Channa must face more danger than she has ever encountered in a lifetime of war.