As penance for not being honest with his Admiral, Captain Tanner Scott has been sent on a boring routine maintenance mission of checking the RIM boundary buoys, which lets him enjoy his Scotch in peace.
Imagine his surprise when a Sleeper ship unexpectedly arrives on the RIM. Its cargo: thousands of alien Sleepers that are all children. While making that known has already gotten RIM Confederacy realms fighting, the real problem is the secret that a virus infects the alien Sleepers.
Finding out the Sleeper’s secret is one thing but the news of what that virus could bring to the RIM and is the real reason that a powerful RIM Royal realm wants to enslave the alien Sleepers. And now another RIM planetary realm has also learned what the virus could be worth, they too try to take over the Sleeper ship. Tanner must forgo the scotch and try to overcome the RIM’s adversaries while somehow saving the alien Sleepers too.