By Timothy Zahn
The Earth-based Empire, the Pax, view the angels as an alien plot to subvert humanity. They dispatch Jereko Kosta, an blameless educational, to secret agent at the Empyrean and discover the reality approximately angels. With Chandris, a grifter who canines his steps, he enlists on an "angel-hunting" send. pack up, Kostas learns the angels will be extra harmful than the Pax worry.
Before he can react, the Pax dispatches their strongest warship to confront the Empyrean. Now, Kosta and Chandris, one of the few who be aware of the reality concerning the angels, stand among the Empyrean, the Pax, and war.