Admiral Kris Longknife has enjoyed her desk job - for five full years! She hasn't dodged an assassination attempt from the Greenfeld Empire for nearly four. Still, the attempts on her life are getting more and more frequent. Huh? Then, after one very bad day of budget fights, Kris comes home to find someone she never expected to see, certainly not in the foyer of Nuu House! Not playing with her kids! He has a job offer for Kris! A job everyone wants her to take. Kris thought she'd done everything, but here's something entirely new!
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That's Grand Admiral Sandy Santiago. She's a gal with a problem. Can a mere mortal fill the shoes of not just a Longknife, but Kris Longknife? She's got birds and cats and murderous aliens to deal with. Oh, and Granny Rita. Thank God she has several of Kris' team to help.
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The Peterwald Empire is in the midst of civil war. On one side is the tyrannical Empress, on the other is the last person Kris ever wants to see again—Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald. Due to their shared history, the Emperor believes Kris can mediate between the factions and bring about peace. But before Kris even begins her mission, she survives two assassination attempts on her family home world. Someone doesn’t want her interfering in the Empire’s affairs. Is it Vicky, the Empress, or a traitor among her own people...
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