At the beginning of the Clan Invasion, The falcon's claws led by Nicholai Malthus of the Jade Falcon Clan invade the planet on Somerset in the the region of space known as the Federated Commonwealth. This invasion traps Adam Stiener's brother Andrew behind enemy lines. Adam, who is a distant cousin to the leader of the the Commonwealth, Archon Katrina Stiener, bluffs his way into an audience with her to ask permission to retake Somerset. The Archon denies the request because she has no forces to spare while the invasion proceeds. Instead, she informs him later of the capture of a merchant jumpship which was recently impounded for smuggling, and advises him of his ability to commandeer the ship for his mission. The crew is from a rival section of space know as the Draconis Combine, and is unhappy about being pressed into service for their enemy. Once of the Kuritan leaders, Franklin Sakamoto, arranges for a military force to meet them at their first jump to help them retake the ship ...
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