Outside the rings of Saturn, Pati Lynch commands a prison ship mining ice. Her crew mutinied, they tried to kill her, and she was the last one left standing. Now, she stands trial for their murder. Nancy Tate, Pati’s defense attorney, thinks she’ll walk this time because the records of the event were either damaged or erased, and without the records, the legal decision will be based on Pati’s testimony. However, and Nancy repeats this often, she cannot mention the aliens that instigated the revolt. Pati knows she didn’t dream the apparition that appeared on her ship and claimed to be the ex-husband she accidentally killed and wanted revenge. However, Pati decides Nancy knows her business, and it’d be best to follow her directions if she didn’t want to be sentenced to a solitary, thirty-year trip back to Earth.