This is the second half of the Steiner/Wolf invasion called by the Lyrans as [[Operation Hammerfall]]. The book concentrates on [[Anson Marik]] flight to keep his nation together and fight off the invasion using his greatest achievement, the recreated [[Silver Hawk Irregulars]]. However, its dying effort, failure after failure. Anson's fiery personality become troublesome to manage with his surrounding people including his chief tactical adviser [[Cole Daggert]].
Also, the story of [[Trillian Steiner-Davion|Trillian Steiner]] continues her duties trying control the course of the war against [[Free Worlds League]]. As she tries to keep in check the powerful and power hungry [[Vedet Brewster|Duke Vedet]] leading Lyran military campaign and newly arrived [[Star Colonel]] [[Alaric Wolf]] and his Cluster of [[Clan Wolf]] warriors joining the invasion of League. Two powerful men not able work together has are making things difficult for her keep coalition force from destroying itself.
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