Twins are special; Auronar clone twins doubly so. They're grown that way. Pilot Skate Cally and Operative Merrin Cally are a flight team on the Auronar cruiser Flag of Hope. They've been in each other's heads, living each other's lives, the same feelings, differences, orders and taste buds, since they were first poured out of a vat. But after High Command sends Skate on a one-way mission investigating Federation incursions in the Dancer Cluster, Merrin faces a bleak new future on her own.