Life's not fair. When space gypsy turned military officer Ausra Miller's younger brother deserts from the Imperial Military, it costs Ausra the promotion she deserves. Posted to the backwater planet of Caladia, her career seems to be over. But Ausra is no whiner. She sets out to climb her way back up to the top--even if that means climbing over a prejudicial
commander, a ditzy friend who may not be what she seems, and Corren, the man who can go from friend to enemy in a heartbeat.
Meanwhile, Ausra's brother Tam is now a traitor to the Crown. His desertion threatens the gypsies' right to live as an independant nation. Imperial soldiers are hunting him and space gypsies are calling for his surrender. Returning to the Empire means facing a firing squad. But when people close to him start dying, that may be the only answer.
When Tam's community ship 'Gypsy Star' flees to Caladia in one last effort to keep Tam alive, brother and sister collide. Turning Tam over to the Empire will guarantee Ausra the promotion she deserves. But Tam is still family, and to a space gypsy, that ought
to be all that matters. Ausra must decide if she can forgive him as the choice between her career or her brother's life slides into a choice between her brother's life--or hers.
What goes for sisters in that previous post--double for brothers. Throw them to the wolves and call it a day.
This is a synopsis. Focus on Austra Think "Austra is not a whiner. Relegated to a backwater posting when her brother deserts and costs her a promotion...blah blah blah".
You don't need to explain everything.
And this plot is just hackneyed past redemption. You're going to need something much more unexpected than this to catch and hold my attention.