A collection of rogues and heroes meet at an out of the way bar – really out of the way – on a planet at the fringes of human occupied space. It seems to be the only thing there. They share tall tales of their exploits and learn of an approaching war and that the alien invaders have just destroyed the Human Space Navy fleet sent to stop them. So after finishing a last round of drinks they go to do what heroes do. When they return, well, most of them anyway, they relate their tales for posterity.
This isn’t serious science fiction, nor is it intended to be. It is however an enjoyable romp, which is a bit Gulliver’s Travels and a bit Spider Robinson with maybe a hint of Douglas Adams. It is a fun read.