Captain “Short Straw”, Sergeant “Brown Pants”, Corporal Tashy and Major Valeriya are all officers in the private army of Hetman Jan Rzewuski. They, along with two hundred others form the Second Fleet of the Hussars tasked with defending the Commonwealth against the Tainted. This enemy is ruthless and ceaseless; powered by the Tech Blessings of the Red Gods, they go out and pillage in their name.
But when there’s none to fight, what’s a private army to do? Under the command of Rzewuski, the Hussars embark on colourful journeys of get rich quick schemes and dubious alliances with leaders of backwater planets. For everyone but the Hetman, their real duty is surviving.