The Interstellar Supreme Court patted itself on the back 623 years too soon. A new Special Investigator of organized criminal activity wasn't appointed. The Black Crow hadn't been prosecuted out of existence. S.I. isn't an undercover job. It's a secret. This one had to change the attitude that had almost put all humans at the mercy of the parasites among them. Next time they wouldn't win.
The last forest child wants to be human. He ventures from his forest to explore and makes good friends, but the forest isn't done with him yet. His best friend seeks him there, after tragedy strikes. They hadn't planned on a five century course of study. When they left the forest, it was possible to make the dream of being space traders possible, but what they'd learned carried a responsibility.