It isn't easy running a independent communications freight when your 6 foot tall, 6 limbed alien working in human-dominated field where the main clientele tend to either assume you're a fool or are scared witless of you. Add to that the fact that a small fire-breathing dinosaur named Zaz is you landlord and you've just adopted a sentient dog with robot arms who doesn't pull his weight on the ship. But Strike knows that if she doesn't stand up for what she believes in, morally bankrupt networks like News Trans-galactic will monopolise public opinion and the suffering of billions across the galaxy will continue unreported.