With the rank of Lt. Commander, Dominic Flandry is given command of a warship, the Asieneuve and sent to investigate the Alpha Crucis Sector. The region's governor is known to be corrupt but when a Fleet Admiral tried to report on him, the admiral was arrested. Now broken out of prison, the admiral is leading a rebellion. Flandry's allegiance is torn. Contained in the omnibus Young Flandry.