It is the dawn of the 22nd century, and the conquest of space has been monopolized by a handful of hugely ambitious mega-corporations. A delicate and vulnerable balance is maintained, but now, at the very edge of the solar system, a discovery has been made which will tip the scales forever — and send one ship and crew on an epic interstellar odyssey.
With its main engine badly damaged, the Stiletto presses on, slowly but surely. With speed down to 46% and multiple hull breaches, she is barely holding together, but she has a fine crew and she will make it. The captain orders full power to the lasers and the tactical officer scores a direct hit on the Ishimaru's main engines, leaving her "dead in the water". Success, the Stiletto escapes and lumbers on to the Sunflower station for much needed repairs.
The Stiletto survives to fight another day.