Zax is out of cryostorage, and back on flight training. Twelve years have changed much about the ship, and Zax is having a lot of adjustments to make. Zax was woken up because the ship is almost to earth and they want all available combat pilots awake and ready for a fight. Ship has encountered the other humans numerous times and if they're setting a trap at earth the ship wants to be ready.
Ship always seems to be run behind the scenes by the main AI. Zax's friend Mase tells him he's been able to hack into some real old logs and uncovered secrets about the AI. Zax reluctantly listens and the truth of the AI is stunning. It changes everything Zax and Mase thought they knew about the ship's history. This is a great book, with another dang cliffhanger. Only this time the next book isn't even written yet! Highly recommended.