After thwarting the Federation's attempt to take over her ship, Captain Sarah Blythe vowed to make President Pleyal himself pay for her cargo losses. Their lone Fed prisoner told them enough of the President's plan: Confiscate all vessels to help equip the fleet he's gathering to end the Venus rebellion once and for all. But the citizens of the Free State of Venus have different ideas. Joining forces with the legendary Piet Ricimer and Stephen Gregg, Captain Blythe plans on making back more than her losses. For a raid against the Federation is an opportunity no true intergalactic "trader" could ever pass up. In his acclaimed novels, Igniting the Reaches and Through the Breach, David Drake took an epic journey to the farthest reaches of space, where pirates ruled a new age of expansion and opportunity. Now Drake returns to that savage time of untold possibility, wealth, and danger.