Mech-Warrior Dark Age series. The Raging Bears have begun their occupation of the planet Vega with the hope of restoring order after violence and civil war. But their move to stabilise Prefecture 1 for the Republic of the Sphere may be the chance their enemies have waited for. While the military takeover was no great challenge, setting up a new planetary government and restoring the infrastructure of civilisation have proven to be far more difficult for the peace-keeping forces of the Rasalhague Dominion. There remains an underground rebellion that refuses to cease fire and the Bears suspect that the Draconis Combine is secretly supporting the rebellion. As the Combine threatens them from without, the Bears also find themselves plagued by betrayal and deception from within. Uless they can find the rival elements in their clan, they may end up as fodder for destruction.