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Uneasy lies the head. In just a few months, Alacrity Fitzhugh and Hobart Floyt had claimed Hobart's inheritance from the ruler of a small interstellar empire then returned to Earth and toppled its government. They'd also become good friends. But Alacrity had more important goals than bodyguarding Hobart - he wanted command of the fabulous White Ship, the starship designed to track down the secrets of the ancient and powerful Precursor aliens. Yet it took only a few minutes at the White Ship's helm for Alacrity to learn that a captain's problems can be tougher than the "real work" of a knockabout Spacer - and that solving them could cost a piece of his heart.