Between Tradition and Invention lies uncharted social territory for the people of the Thuringi Armada but as times change, people change. As circumstances create exciting new possibilities, even Hartin Medina finds you can teach an old dallah new tricks! The royal Phillipi family finds cause for personal celebration as well as setbacks in their continued quest to serve their Thuringi subjects. Among the Known Worlds, Marty secretly flies for the Thuringi crown, thwarting the Shargassi and intriguing the members of the Stellar Council with the mystery of his Outland origins. When he discovers the Shargassi are harrowingly close to finding the Armada, Marty must race against the clock to reach the Armada before the enemy does.