The 10th installment in the "A Life of Service" series see young Lord Blackstone returning to the imperial fleet. With rumors of war on the horizon he believes his days of intrigue to be behind him. At last he can be the simple straight forward miltary man he's always wished himself as. But an old friend, Newly appointed Grand Counselor C'st, returns to his life with news that the war may not be what it seems. And Blackstone must ask himself once again, how best can he serve the empire?