Rejuvenants fear the backlash caused by bad drugs; they want to ensure that nothing interferes with their pursuit of long life -- or the profit that comes from promising it to others. Neighbor states fear the aggressive expansion of the Familias Regnant, fuelled by population growth and extended lifespan. Within the Regular Space Service, those who have received experimental rejuvenations fear they may have been given bad drugs on purpose. Esmay Suiza's family fears that her marriage to an offworlder will damage their position. Barin Serrano's family fears that his marriage to a Landbride of Altiplano will damage his career and their reputation. Fear begets violent reactions -- from foreign governments, from great Families determined to maintain or increase their power, from internal rivalries in the Fleet -- and nothing escapes the resultant bloodbath unscathed. As Esmay and Barin struggle to reconcile their families, others have more cosmic struggles to win.
New York Times best-selling author and former Marine, Elizabeth Moon has written many novels, including the Paksenarrion fantasy trilogy (available from Baen as The Deed of Paksenarrion and also as separate books), the Heris Serrano space adventure series (the first three novels of which have been combined as Heris Serrano), and Remnant Population, which was a Hugo Award finalist. For Del Rey, she has written Command Decision, Engaging the Enemy, Marque and Reprisal, Trading in Danger, and the Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark. After earning a degree in history from Rice University, Moon went on to obtain a degree in biology from the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in Florence, Texas with her husband and son.