Leo LeBlanc has given his life to the United States Navy. A Naval Academy graduate with a superior record of academic and athletic prowess, he relishes winning. In the competitive surface warfare officer community, Leo earned his ascendency through the ranks to land the plum job as Chief of Staff to the Commander, US Seventh Fleet. He expects someday to wear four stars himself and to command the entire Pacific Fleet, or more. Steeped in old school naval tradition, Leo has little patience for and less understanding of the “softer” direction of the new Navy. A woman in charge of operations as his deputy chief of staff constitutes a direct threat to his masculinity and his career aspirations. That threat must be eliminated.