White's Sector General yarns--about a colossal space hospital designed to cater to the needs of humans as well as to the most numerous and staggeringly diverse bunch of aliens in science fiction--have been appearing intermittently since Hospital Station (1962). This time, Gurronsevas, the most accomplished chef in the galaxy--he happens to be a massive, six-legged, four-eyed alien from the planet Traltha--having taken over as Sector General's Chief Dietitian, faces the greatest challenge of his career: turning hospital food--amorphous, tasteless sludge familiar to humans and aliens alike--into tasty, eye-filling, mouthwatering real food, thereby promoting not only swifter recoveries among patients but better tempers among the staff. Gurronsevas's innovations are a success, but he also causes some disastrous accidents and runs afoul of the hospital's bigwig administrators. So, instead of being rewarded, he's shipped off with a hospital expedition that's heading into space in search of alien cultures in need of their services. And soon he's enjoying a whole new set of adventures. Humorous, lighthearted, inventive: a treat for series faithful and newcomers alike.