No one believed Meriel when she said the attack on her home ship, the Princess, was piracy: there had not been a reported piracy in a century, and she was just a twelve year-old kid. But Meriel knew that pirates slaughtered her parents and friends and only she could find a safe home for her sister and the surviving orphans.
Ten years later, Meriel still suffers from PTSD symptoms and struggles to carve out a normal life for herself on a new ship with a new job, a new crew, and a new romance. With brains, courage, and a few well-placed friends, she uncovers the galaxy-wide conspiracy behind the carnage on the Princess: knowledge that can get them all killed.
That same conspiracy now plots to enslave an entire sector of space to control a frontier planet, the only earthlike body humans have found outside the solar system and the place Meriel calls home.
But first they must silence her.