Command is changing the rules. New mandates restricting how the services is handling things come from Command Station. Decker and Adara are not on the same page which is causing friction within the ship. Diplomatic relations are complicated when Adara and Admiral Chesnik meet with the Tuscalains.
While visiting the Tuscalains, Adeline gains a new friend causing humorous complications for Decker and Adara.
Racial tension starts with little ripples in all the communities. Small crimes leading to bigger crimes causes rifts between neighbors, on stations, on planets. Abuse and harassment plague Bedelia and John.
Galvin suggests a couple of sections of space to Adara. She sends her brothers to check them out.
Tensions rise as the makeup of the human society changes.