Unfortunately, they land in an area that’s claimed by the Lord of Lornth, a small country run by a man who does not appreciate squatters and thinks that a group of women will be easy marks. He attempts to attack the angels, but the angels defeat him. This leads to a conflict spanning years between the angels and the noble’s heir. A conflict where there is absolutely no attempt at communication because the angels are mostly women and the men in the story are completely unable to wrap their minds around the idea that women are people, even if they are also squatters, and are only interested in killing or otherwise removing the angels. (I exaggerate slightly. The main antagonist does think women are people, he just never makes the leap to “you know, maybe if I tried real diplomacy instead of fake diplomacy, maybe I could make a deal with these scary ladies?”)
The story is told mainly through the point of view of Nylan, one of the only men on the crew, and the ship’s engineer. Nylan becomes responsible for creating infrastructure for the tiny community and grows increasingly uncomfortable with some of the decisions made by the ship’s former captain, Ryba. Despite their rapidly crumbling relationship, Nylan continues to be supportive of Ryba’s efforts, mostly because the alternatives are much, much worse. (The decay of the relationship in comparison to the success of the community plays very strangely against the antagonist’s successful marriage and general failure at defeating the protagonists.)
Overall, I still like the book, though this is not one of my favorites in the series.