Lt. Cheryl Kinson and Cmdr. Connor Leary are worlds apart. Kinson, a geeky smart girl on the science division fast track, isn't making any friends on the new ship quickly. Leary is serving out a sentence as a member of a conquered race, doomed to never have a command of his own. But when people start dying on their ship, they have to work together to find out who wants them dead, and discover if their single ship could be the spark that burns down the invincible empire!