Miri and Val Con have gotten off Vandar, but they're not home free. In fact, the Department of the Interior has declared war on Clan Korval. First Speaker Nova yos'Galen invokes Plan B, which I will simply say puts the entire clan on a war footing, while leaving the details for the reader to discover.
Meanwhile, Miri and Val Con make their way to Lytaxin, home of Clan Erob, Clan Korval's oldest allies--and the Liaden kin of Miri's that she barely believes in, and whom she assumes will reject her out of hand even if they are kin.
The lurking X factor is that the Yxtrang have launched an invasion of Lytaxin.
This is a fast-paced and entertaining story. This isn't the ideal place to start the series, but I think there's enough background included to reasonably follow what's going on.
And the character of Beautiful is an unexpected delight.
I bought this book.