Wow! David Weber's fifth book is compelling, moving and riveting. Honor Harrington, on the beach at half-pay from the Royal Manticoran Navy, is offered a commission as an Admiral in the newly-rebuilt Grayson Navy. Not only that, but she has taken up her duties as Steadholder, and is developing a radical new (to the Graysons) technology that may make feeding their world a lot easier. Everything's coming up roses, right?
Don't bet on it. The Peeps are getting better organized as new officers get more combat experience and learn from their mistakes. The RMN can't push them around anymore. The Peeps have decided to move on Yeltsin's Star (the primary for the world of Grayson), and take out what is probably Manticore's most capable ally.
On Grayson, certain elements of Grayson society are determined to everything and anything necessary to prevent Honor Harrington from executing the duties of her office as Steadholder, all in the name of God's will. The double hammer of the Peep attacks and the sabotage and treason cooked up to frame her very nearly destroy Honor, but she rallies and finishes strongly in a climax that you will *not* soon forget.