The peaceful occupation of Earth by the benevolent Calaar opened avenues of opportunity for Justine Mingana and hundreds of millions of other humans trapped in poverty. Mingana achieved what she never thought possible as a child: she became a starship captain. Another alien race arrived in Earth's skies, this one hostile and aggressive, offering a brutal contrast to Calaar altruism. Now, Mingana must make a show of loyalty to a new set of occupiers while pursuing a hidden agenda, one that may lead to the demise of her ship and crew. For the sake of Earth's liberation from the clutches of tyrants, Alien and human alike, Mingana is prepared to make that sacrifice...and she is just as prepared to kill.