“When Byerly Vorrutyer asks Ivan Vorpatril to keep an eye on a young woman, Ivan agrees readily. What seems to be a rather pleasant off-duty assignment quickly becomes complicated. To save Tej from bounty hunters, Ivan marries the girl, only to discover he’s now related to one of the notorious families that rule in Jackson’s Whole! Ivan. And Tej is torn between loyalty to her clan, and a growing affection for her Barrayaran spouse.
When the Emperor of Barrayar gets involved, not to mention the former head of Imperial Security, a marriage of convenience soon turns into an affair of State. Will Ivan finally settle down, or will his new in-laws get him killed?
This is one of the few novels in this cycle that DOESN’T focus on Miles Vorkosigan, and I am glad to see more of Ivan and his family.”