Against all odds Elena has found herself named as a member of the Ruling Council of the Guild of Families and the military has decided to mothball its channel riding program. Just as she is getting ready to heave a sigh of relief, thinking her life might finally settle down, questions start to arise. Her longtime friend Tina is not who she appears to be and Elena is followed at every turn by people who almost seem to want her to notice she is being followed. And what is with Therese's new friends? They aren't associated with the Guild and seem nearly as shadowy as Tina. Will Elena be able to settle down and run her business as she wants or will she find herself forced to flee?