When he graduates from the Academy at Port Newmar, Ishmael Horatio Wang reports for duty in his first assignment as an officer. When he gets to his new ship, he finds things are not exactly the way he'd learned in school. The coffee tastes like used engine oil, the ship has no heart, and the nearest decent tailor is two quadrants away. What's a new Third Mate to do? Will he be able to trust Billy?
The nightmare ends and Ishmael gives out another whelkie. (Chapters 49-50)
The watch rotations change as the injured crew are deal with. Apones finally wears a clean shipsuit. (Chapters 47-48)
Ishmael gets some late night callers and gets locks installed on the doors. (Chapters 45-46)
Burnside shows Ishmael how the ship does drills and half the crew takes ratings exams. (Chapters 43-44)
While Mel, Fredi, and Ishmael celebrate, tragedy is brewing. (Chapters 41-42)
Fredi reveals a secret and Ishmael stretches his legs on the Orbital. (Chapters 39-40)
A bit dark, but was a really good book. It would have been too much for me if all of the books would have been this style.