Reza Gard is back! He and Eustus Camden, fresh out of Marine Corps training at Quantico, find themselves assigned to a small Red Legion Marine detachment aboard the corvette CSS Leander. While the detachment commander is a young female lieutenant who wants to do her duty, but lives in terror of Stalin, the detachment’s sadistic senior NCO, a convicted murderer who was given the chance for a pardon if he could survive a year in the Legion. And the other men and women of the detachment are little better: they are the dregs scraped from Confederation prisons, rapists, thieves, and malcontents. But somehow they must find a way to unite if they want to have the slimmest hope of surviving against the warriors of the Kreelan Empire.
Author’s note: This story takes place between chapters 10 and 11 of CONFEDERATION, after Reza and Eustus graduate from Marine training and receive their orders to the Red Legion.