The war against the alien Hivers is finally concluded, as humans discover a solution that does not involve wiping out the species. A similar solution is found to the main social problem of humanity's closest allies, the Mrdini.
The book was published (U.S.) May 1, 1999, by Ace/Berkley. Kirkus concluded its review, "Cuddly family/romance/alien-contact saga with useful ideas but far too many characters distinguishable only by their silly names. Still, fans of the series will plunge right in."