Jump quick, Monkey boy. After two unpleasant defeats at the hands of the humans from Earth--those rotten, no-good, sneaky monkeys with tools--the Kzin Third Fleet has decided a change of strategy is in order. Not 'scream and leap', but the more subtle and ultimately more satisfying (because it might work) 'feint and pounce.' The man-killing cats from Kzin are back. Only luck or the Outsidere can save us now . . .