Miles is now a Lieutenant and as Lord Vorkosigan, he is ordered to Eta Ceta along with his cousin Ivan. The Cetagandan Empress has died and they are to be ambassadors for Barrayar in the forthcoming mourning and funeral rites. What should have been a simple diplomatic event, turns into something far more serious as Miles becomes embroiled in a plot that could destroy the very nature of Cetaganda.
While I enjoyed Cetaganda, I did find it a bit confusing. The caste system and hierarchy weren’t clearly explained, you were just kind of dumped in the middle of it and left to sort it out for yourself. It might not have been important to have it clearly explained, as the story is very much centred on Miles but it detracted from the story quite a bit as I tried to figure it out. That aside, seeing a slightly more mature Miles was great and the comic interactions between him and Ivan were very funny. I enjoyed the book, just not as much as the others so far.