Earth sends Captain Shawn Hackett and his crew in a starship destined to be decommissioned to Inea to sign a peace agreement. They soon discover a conspiracy from the highest levels of Earth's government to foil their mission and bring about an Inean take over of Earth.
Hackett can not adhere to the terms of the pre-written agreement and rewrites it to the displeasure of the Ineans. Now the threat of galactic war rests squarely on his shoulders and he sides with another volatile race to force the Ineans into a corner.
With his ship's systems failing, can Hackett and his crew escape Inea alive before the Ineans can kill them?