Paperback by Daniel Sullivan
Heading to Ceres on Starfleet's errand, the Selene and her crew have undertaken the grandes scientific exploration endeavor in human history. Never has humankind been so far away from home, and never have the stakes been so high.
Humanity's very guture is riding on the outcome of this mission - but political machinations have a way of making themselves felt hudreds of millions of kilometers from Earth. There are those who have a vested interest in the mission's failure, and their unseen hands were in motion before Selene's takeoff.
Kendrick and FIona have never faced so great a threat, and with the forces arrayed against them, failure is virtually guaranteed. With the Selene under siege, it will take a miracle for them to beat the odds this time.