The second story of the Princess Ann Trilogy has the deep space salvage tug, the Princess Ann, going back for the super freighter they had hidden after being attacked, but the Commonwealth navy has other plans. They are to be bait for the pirates. James Flint, a photojournalist must follow through with his original assignment to video the retrieval of the freighter. Little does he know that it will involve combat as the Princess Ann is commandeered for its ability breach the pirate ship's hull. He must face a career decision; whether to observe as his profession requires, or to lead when no one else can. A decision that will determine the fate of their boarding party onto the pirate ship and the evil that controls it.