Bead's Pickle by Carolyn Hill
Approx. 60,920 words.
Published on July 29, 2010.
Bead McCheckrovsky’s band of misfits and teenage runaways have made a home for themselves running a fast-food restaurant aboard the aging starship Anarchy.
When that home is threatened by government agents and menacing figures from their unhappy pasts, they hatch a desperate scheme to seek help from a mysterious race of dangerously eccentric aliens.
But are the ghostly aliens friend—or foe?