The World Of Epectitus

Ross is still facing a court-martial, and the motivation for it gradually becomes clear. Once it does, the outcome is, of course, never in doubt. By the time Ross understands the complex subtlety of the plot, it's almost too late to be found guilty.

Which, given the nature of what he realises, might well be the best option. Sallander, suspecting the truth, has already thrown caution to the wind and enlisted all available help to counter the conspiracy. Chaput, in an action that will eventually have serious repercussions, has likewise thrown aside all caution to petition Diane Hayden's help for a rescue mission.

In the meantime, Hawkes and West set off on a completely unauthorised rescue mission of their own. To the Chig homeworld, no less. There are simpler ways to commit suicide, but Hawkes and West are much too single-minded to consider them.