Everyone is vested in something; financial, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise. For Rosa and the Starward crew, their vestments are all of these and more. They journey through the universe to convince alien species that Earth is worthy of joining the Galactic Council. But not all aliens are as welcoming as they seem as their vestments are elsewhere. And the Earth delegation is learning that intrigue, murder, and deceit are not just human traits as conflicting vestments collide.