Naval aviator who pilots the P-3 Orion and the new P-8 Poseidon. She joins the fleet staff on temporary assignment as maritime surveillance liaison officer. Self-assured and intense, she travels a path divergent from the stereotyped aviator, including pioneering women like Kate Mahoney. When the theater of operations heats up from multiple military threats, Cricket flies an ill-fated surveillance mission that becomes a lightning rod of international confrontation. Unthinkable consequences thrust her into a situation that tests her true mettle. Colleagues, politicians, and loved ones over a vast geography anxiously await the final outcome.