Fourteen months after the Sympatico, Rich is doing fine. It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn close. He has good friends, a functional family, and a ship that isn't a toxic cesspool of drugs and violence. The experiment is being lauded as an overwhelming success. Now other toxic ships are coming to light, and with them have come more victims of the worst parts of the Michigan Fleet.
Connor finds himself with a new posting aboard the nicest damn ship in the fleet, and it's going to take time to find his bearing in new, calmer waters.