|Popular Library paperback, 1973. Cover artwork uncredited.|
"Commodore Tom Dalton, of Terran's Space Navy, is approached by the Softliners, politicians who want to avoid war with the Hukk invaders. He is also approached by the Hardliners, who want him to provoke a full-scale battle with the Hukks. Out in space, Dalton is faced with the harsh reality of the situation when the Hukk admiral suddenly pulls a fast one. Dalton's decision can mean mutiny, space war, or instant defeat..."