Braeden's space navy executed Harmon Penrose's parents without a trial, now they're starving his home world. Harmon, along with his four brothers and one sister, vows to strike back. Together they will hit Braeden where it hurts worst - in Braeden's merchant fleet. Treated as pirates, it's the only way Harmon sees to get justice for his unlawfully murdered parents. First, though, there's the matter of a blockade and Braeden's massive space navy.
An uncanny understanding of both city-council operations and the newspaper business some 50 years ago gave Leonard Sanders the ability to write this powerful novel about a small Texas city and the men who run it. Sanders has combined the struggle for power in a local city government and the human-interest side of its effects on the people close to the inside in an appealing and revealing story centered around an ambitious water project designed to further the city's growth.