A COMEDY OF TERRORS . . .
A rich 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. Lord Miles Vorkosigan
of Barrayar and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things
on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the
long-awaited births of their first children. But when duty
calls in the voice of Barrayar's Emperor Gregor, Miles,
Gregor's youngest Imperial Auditor (a special high-level
troubleshooter) has no choice but to answer.
Waiting on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled
loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tensions, lies
and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a lethal
secret with wider consequences than even Miles anticipates:
a race with time for life against death in horrifying new
The downside of being a troubleshooter comes when trouble
starts shooting back . . .