The date is 1966 of the Galactic Era, almost three thousand years from now, and the Republic, created by the human race—but not yet dominated by it—finds itself in an all-out war.
They stand against the Teroni Federation, an alliance of races that resent Man's growing military and economic power. The main battles are taking place in the Spiral Arm and toward the Core. But far out on the Rim, the Theodore Roosevelt is one of three ships charged with protecting the Phoenix Cluster—a group of 73 inhabited worlds.
Old, battered, some of its weapon systems outmoded, the Teddy R. is a ship that would have been decommissioned years ago if weren't for the war. Its crew is composed of retreads, discipline cases, and a few raw recruits. But a new officer has been transferred to the Teddy R. His name is Wilson Cole, and he comes with a reputation for heroics and disobedience. Will the galaxy ever be the same?
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Mike Resnick.