When Dekker Knight and his mercenary crew are hired to ferry an alien diplomat to one of Jupiter's moons, they think they've taken a cakewalk mission. They even allow an old friend to tag along. While things appear odd on Io, things are far worse than they realize: Terrorist activities threaten to fracture the tectonic plates and destroy everything on the surface - and the Dozen are stuck without access to their ship!
Even what passes for the local law seems caught up in the chaos, responding to a slew of false flags...almost as if something far more sinister has engineered some kind of galactic distraction.
Check out the Dekker's Dozen series, which has been called "The Magnificent Seven in space" and a Joss Whedon-esque replacement for the beloved, bygone Firefly.