Signed by the author on the title page. A Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station, in distant Quaddiespace, after a bloody incident on the station docks involving a security officer from the convoy's Barrayaran military escort. Dispatched to troubleshoot the situation, Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan faces diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tensions, deception, mysterious disappearances, and a lethal secret with far-reaching consequences.
Awards: ♦ Finalist for the 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novel
Novel, 367 pages, Mass Market Paperback, Reprint of 2002 HC