A hostage uses the Princess Cecile to regain his freedom, and his throne; an ally plots with enemies of Cinnabar, knowing the plan can only be safeguarded by destroying the Princess Cecile; a pirate chief joins in a cutthroat battle with a rival, and the Princess Cecile is a pawn.
Daniel, Adele, and their crack crew must battle bureaucrats and traitors, the winds of a barren desert, and the strains of a voyage never before attempted. If they succeed at every stage, their reward will be the chance to fight another enemy: one which can blow them and a hundred ships like theirs to vapor!
"The suspense on the way to the climactic battle is genuine, and the action scenes are up to the author's very high standard." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Filled with battle scenes on the ground and in the far reaches of space, this sf adventure should appeal to fans of military sf." ( Library Journal)