Yuwellan: living jewels, beautiful beings comprising every shade of blue. As tiny as a few centimeters to as huge as thirty meters in diameter. They invite a human colleague to share in their people's most sacred ceremony.
Sacrifice. A stealth ship on a mission deep in enemy space. Their assignment: knock out the planetary defenses of a vital munitions factory so Earth's fleet can swoop in and destroy it. But at what price? And who pays?
An ancient artifact with religious significance and perhaps even mysterious power. Religious leaders want it to unite the planet. Military leaders want it to stop a war. Their enemies want it to prevent both.