Carlene Miller integrated character development, intrigue, sex, and mayhem all into a tidy little ball. The author gives each character many roles. Damaris was an alluring yet spooky international icon...fighting against the evils of her country. Charlie was the tough kid, needing some place to call home and some one to love her. And Lexy finds herself in many daring situations from being killed to being committed to Wren. I enjoyed the way community (straight & lesbian plus the spanning from the very young to the elderly) was integrated even though there were a few snags. It take a lot for people to step out and say they'll help when there are so many unknowns, yet Robbie, Marilyn (the Admiral), Meg, Cap, and Lexy all took a chance to make Charlie a new life.