Claudine is a tiny Galactic policewoman with a doctor's degree in psychology. This supposedly helps her reduce her list of suspects to a band of psychopathic schizophrenics. Which comes in handy when you have a criminal aboard ship who can invert hearts and turn the star cruiser Nova. Her actual mission is to protect a ""tweedy"" king from assassination but there are so many suicidal psyches around you're never sure who is after who or what. And after a while you won't care.