Edited second edition.
When a family fight turns ugly Drakes plans for college are ruined. He is pushed into the Starship Union as an apprentice engineer. Assigned to the Armstrong on a science voyage that could last seven years Drake is off to face the unknown. Drakes Journeyman Jack is a hard boiled old guy tough as leather he doesn't ask, he demands. If he doesn't please Jack, Drake could spend the rest of the trip as a janitor.
Between Drakes required studies by the union, and Jacks extra homework the pressure is on. Drake is not getting much sleep. Then a pretty girl asks him to join her self-defense class. He can’t say no to her. Drake starts wondering if Jack and Sandra are competing to see who will work him to death
An accident on the Armstrong sends him to planet 9732. Aliens attack but they are not the real problem.