Betrayal of trust brings danger in space and near-certain massacre on-world should the Commandos fail to conquer almost insurmountable odds. More
Connor, Sogan, and Karmikel are on the planet Jade where Vishnu’s former colonists have been resettled. There, they have several encounters with the local animal life, some dangerous, some pleasant. They bond with a young gurry whom they name Bandit. They discover a plot by a high-ranking official to stage a murderous pirate raid to annihilate the colonists and appropriate the planet’s rare gemstones. In order to thwart that danger, Sogan and Connor must not only fight a space battle against vastly superior odds but also draw upon the massed telepathic powers of Jade’s wildlife.