Kurt Brubacher relates a rich history of the giant Empire he serves and the story of its greatest hero. In his own right, Kurt has reached a pinnacle. As Inspector General, he commands an investigative and intelligence force equal to no other in the realm, giving him possession of the information and confidences that comprise the tale. after years of peace, security, and happiness throughout the Empire, there is suddenly rebellion. Kurt becomes a strategic pawn and discovers who is actually behind the revolution.
Sparhawk, a struggling alcoholic, agrees to help find the killer of an accused pedophile priest. When two more priests are slain in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood, it becomes evident that it is the work of a sadistic serial killer who crucifies his prey after killing them. Sparhawk blazes an unconventional trail to the killer that puts him at odds with the very people he is trying to help and initiates a turf war with law enforcement.
Admiral Kurt Brubacher spins the logs, reports, and history of the Orion Federation into a spellbinding action saga that starts nearly three years after the end of Righteous Reign. The opening volleys in a new war had just been fired. Back then, thousands of warships had suddenly occupied positions along more than 100 light years of the Federation's border. George Bryant had dubbed this enigmatic enemy "The Inscrutables".