Alysha Forrest is looking forward to her assignment as the Songlance's newest lieutenant, particularly when it gets her placed as the liaison to the ship's water environment crewmembers. Interfacing with the mermaid-like Naysha and the alien Platies who serve as the ship's navigators is an exhilarating experience, and all the other officers on the crew are eager to welcome her into the fold...all of them, except one.
Mike Beringwaite, the overbearing ensign who ruined their leadership retreat years earlier, has somehow made lieutenant, too. When a routine problem in the water environment throws them together, Alysha has to decide how willing she is to forgive him for what he did, whether she can work with him again, and most importantly, if she can trust him - with her life.
The disaster at the leadership retreat is nothing to the one they have to handle now. If they can...