Williams and Dix do a superb job with the opening book to their Evergence trilogy. This story involves Morgan Roche, an intelligence operative for the Commonwealth of Empires, a sort of conglomeration of solar systems that agree to have the same government. Roche's mission is to escort a super-AI known as the Box to Commonwealth Intelligence HQ. Everything begins to go wrong, however, when the ship she is on (the Midnight) is ambushed by Dato Bloc (another government) forces.
Roche, with the help of the Box, bucks the odds by surviving the attack and escaping the Midnight in a small pod. Along the way, she enlists the help of Adoni Cane, a seemingly normal human with some very superhuman capabilities. While her "partners" all seem very willing to help, several strange facts come to the forefront, and Morgan begins to wonder what her "friends" might secretly think. Who, really, is Adoni Cane? And what does the Box really want? Read the book and find out!