The story of how the first Kzinti invaders were spotted on Wunderland and how the Wunderland Government prepared for the first onslaught. This proved difficult in the light of the ARM-censored culture on war information and weaponry.
Professor Nils Rykermann, the University of Munchen's Biologist, is called in to sit on the Wunderland Defense Council Meetings before the invasion begins in force. But despite the efforts of the Meteor Defense crews and the heroic bravery of the Serpent Swarm asteroid miners, Rykermann doubts that the Wunderland forces can keep the Kzinti at bay, and he takes to the hills to go into hiding with fellow scientist Dimity Carmody.
This is the first time that the start of the Wunderland invasion has been touched on in the Man-Kzin Wars series. This novel-length story by Hal Colebatch describes the space and ground war for Wunderland in graphic detail, and continues the cycle begun in "His Sergeant's Honor."
Other Wunder War stories:
The Children's Hour (1991) - Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Stirling
The Trojan Cat (1994)- Gregory Benford & Mark O. Martin
His Sergeant's Honor (2002) - Hal Colebatch
The Corporal in the Caves (2003) - Hal Colebatch
Music Box (2003) - Hal Colebatch
Three at Table (2005) - Hal Colebatch
Grossgeister Swamp (2005) - Hal Colebatch
Catspaws (2005) - Hal Colebatch
Pick of the Litter (2012) - Charles E. Gannon
Tomcat Tactics (2012) - Charles E. Gannon