Ambassador Abumwe and her diplomatic B-Team show up for a secret meeting with Conclave representative Hafte Sorvalh--but the "secret meeting" is not so secret, as they discover when their ships are attacked. As the two groups eye each other suspiciously, they work to discover who is behind the attack--and what they find threatens both the Conclave and the Colonial Union.
This episode is tightly plotted and elegantly written, and I can't half begin to describe its excellences without major spoilers. I'll skip the spoilers, and just tell you: Read this. It's richer and better if you've read previous installments and know the characters, but even without that, this is a story that fully stands on its own, and is well worth reading.
I bought this story.