For over 250 years, war, petty hatreds, and slowly failing technology have halted all attempts to unify the Inner Sphere. Five Successor States, splintered remnants of the great Star League, now struggle for control.
But all that will soon change when Hanse Davion and Melissa Steiner marry. As they cement an alliance between their two powerful Houses, the balance of power among the Warlords of the Inner Sphere irrevocably changes. A new golden age of peace and prosperity may soon replace the hundreds of years of interstellar war.
A golden age is not part of Maximillan Liao's plan. He has joined with Duke Michael Hasek-Davion and Justin Xiang, a former Davion officer, to set in motion a sinister plot to rip the Federated Suns asunder.
And in Kurita space, Yorinaga Kurita suddenly reappeared to claim his place as one of the finest warriors of all time. Though many had thought him dead, Yorinaga is very much alive as he prepares his unit for their final confrontation with the Kell Hounds.