Gigerdius comes onboard the Peace Station to negotiate for opening trade relations with one of minor powers near their space. An unsuspected disgrace made upon the race’s ambassador by one of the crew causes hostilities. As this kind of disgrace is punishable by death on their world and the crew’s refusal to turn over the crewmember, they send their fleets in an attempt to disable to station. While posing no threat to the station’s security it would create unnecessary bloodshed. As Gigerdius and the rest of the GA delegation realize that this was apparently caused by some third party they start to investigate and repair the broken relations.