Signed by the author on the title page. Three years after her husband Aral's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral of Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career. Meanwhile, Miles dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry into a mystery he'd never anticipated - his own mother. Plans, wills, and expectations collide, as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules. And Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expected, neither is the past.