Kris is in trouble again, because someone's agenda - to bring down her father (Prime Minister of Wardhaven).
Suspended awaiting trial for alleged fraud, she is inital sent to Hilkila, to hold the hand of an dying queen, who was an old war comrade of her greatgrandfather, but things get complicated.
Upon her return to Wardhaven, she finds that the new goverment has sent the fleet away, and order remains of the home fleet to stand down, leaving the planet defenceless against the enemy battlefleet that arrives demanding its surrender.
Kris declares her Commander-in-Chief, determined to defend her home, with every ship she can commadeer, and able-bodied person she can recruit, whether Navy/Army or civilian, willing to risk ther life. Kris leads the most important mission of her career, and it may be her last.
Mike Shepherd has done it again, with an excellent high action story, that keeps you gripped right to the end.