"Retief is Back! The Galaxy's one and only two-fisted diplomat returns to make the universe safe for terrans in spite of his bungling and cowardly superior officers." "Peace, it's wonderful! Except when the Peace Movement is actually a subterfuge by the warlike and imperialistic Krll to get the Terrans off of a planet, leaving it defenseless and ripe for conquest." "Of course, the Terran diplomats have their usual primary concerns: covering their, ah, flanks and not doing anything that might threaten their careers ... which means that they're not about to do anything, period." Once again, it's up to Retief to thwart the would-be conquerors, even if the unthinkable happens, and he's drummed out of the Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne! And Retief has never been more dangerous to the villains than when he's operating outside the rules of diplomacy!