With the hope of reuniting the renegade St. Ives Compact with his own Capellan Federation, Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao has gone to war for control of the Compact. But as months of battle turn to years of war, the growing list of the dead has begun to darken his brightest dream. And as doubts fill the Chancellor's mind, those same dark thoughts haunt the minds of the Compact and Capellan soldiers fighting on the front lines. With his dream slipping through his fingers, Sun-Tzu makes a last desperate gamble that will either win the day...or doom him forever.
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