The followup to Starfarers sees our researchers, in their sort-of-stolen ship, arrive at the Tau Ceti system. Unfortunately, they bring along with them a nuclear warhead which had been fired at them from Earth. When the bomb explodes, the ship makes a narrow escape, but is damaged...
And a saboteur may also be on board.
Tau Ceti shows thrilling signs of alien civilisation - but has 'Starfarer''s disorganized and violent arrival destroyed their hopes of peaceful contact?
Risking their lives and reputations to escape commandeering by the United States military, the crew of the research starship Starfarer plunges into deep space along the cosmic strings and emerges near Tau Ceti just in time to receive a mysterious message from an alien intelligence. This sequel to Starfarers (Ace, 1989) displays McIntyre at her best, combining a cast of highly individualized characters with a compelling plot to produce top-notch sf adventure.