Captain Esther Lysander, UFMC, is a combat Marine. Her
new orders, however, are APOC, or “At the Pleasure of
the Chairman,” and while she knows this type of
assignment could be career-threatening, she feels
duty-bound to accept them.
There is no SOP for being APOC, except that it isn't
combat-as-usual. Part spy, part soldier, part political
window dressing, Esther has to adapt to everything from
clandestine meetings with rebel forces, hostage rescues,
and off-the-record sniper missions to being a courier
between the chairman and other heads of state. There are
many ways to serve the Federation, and being a combat
Marine may not be the most dangerous one.