Exploration: A first-contact colony ship space opera. (Galactic Neighborhood Book 3) by Alexander Elliott
The Silestri thought their enemy was dead. Big mistake.
Exploration’s peaceful journey ends abruptly in disaster. The doomed vessel is attacked, stripped of its crew and destroyed. While the men are marooned, the women are forced into a slavery of the worst kind on the Silestri homeworld.
The elusive search for Exploration continued until a corridor through space was discovered, leading straight to the enemy and the dark secrets they kept. With only days before a decisive battle, an audacious rescue effort is launched to reunite the remnants of humanity and bring them safely home.