Book II of Amtrak Wars. Escaping from the Mutes who have held him as a captive guest, Steve returns to the Federation, where he is charged with desertion and put on trial.  He cannot defend himself by telling the truth because to do so would challenge the wisdom of the First Family, a Code One offence punishable by death.  Seizing the chance to redeem himself as an undercover agents, his first assignment is to capture the three gifted Mutes who saved his life: Cadillac, Clearwater and Mr. Snow.  Cover art by Steve Stone.