When his wife's first contact mission falls apart in the Rim, Captain Quinn Sayre prepares to embark on a search and rescue mission to find his missing wife. Until it turns into a grim recovery mission. Determined to bring her body home at all cost, Sayre must sign a third medtech to his crew or abort his mission to the uncharted world. And the only medtech up for reassignment in the whole damned quadrant is space shy ex-girlfriend Tarateal Roberts who hates him more than space travel. She'd rather shove him out an airlock than give him medical attention, but this deep space mission is her last chance to save her failing career. And return home-to Earth.