The Mesan Alignment: a centuries-old cabal that seeks to impose its vision of a society dominated by genetic rank onto the human race. Now the conspiracy stands exposed by spies Anton Zilwicki and Victor Cachat-one an agent of Honor Harrington's Star Kingdom of Manticore, the other a Havenite operative. The outing of the alignment has turned the galaxy's political framework topsy-turvy. Old coalitions have disintegrated. New alliances have been born.