Heris Serrano may be the captain of an old lady's space yacht, but her life is by no means complacent. Their recent adventures have left the government in turmoil, with rival planetary systems poised to take advantage. Fortunately, Heris knows she's no longer in disgrace within her former employers, the space military; indeed, her aunt--an admiral--has expressed confidence in Heris' abilities. She'll need that confidence and more as she's forced to defend a backwards agricultural planet against the invading forces of the Compassionate Hand.[return][return]This book carried more action like Moon's Vatta's War series, but it still didn't have that same consistent suspense and likeable cast. This is probably the strongest book of the three about Heris Serrano, but I was still left with questions and frustrated that some promising characters didn't have a larger role. A good read, but not phenomenal.