Gavin Dolridge has the worst job in the Kuiper fleet. His ship perpetually sails in orbit beneath Saturn, collecting space-junk and keeping an eye on the border of the Old Earth Empire. In between bottles of scotch he babysits a crew of has-beens and a distant, solitary captain. The glorious life of an XO.
Officer Caspar graduated at the top of her class, but she’s as green as they come. Now she’s putting in her time doing a first tour on the junk ship, and it’s all she can do to keep herself motivated when the mission means nothing and the commanders don’t care.
But when the ship’s computer starts acting funny and alarms begin to blare, action ramps up on the border, and Dolridge and Caspar find themselves in grave peril. Can they confront their demons to survive?