This is space opera set in the far future in the multi-species Galactic Commons. This book is listed as fourth in a series but can be read independently. Gord is an uninhabitable planet located at the juncture of several travel lanes, where several facilities catering to travelers have sprung up. This book is set in a small inn. Three sentients are stuck there for five days with the innkeeper and her child when an accident prevents travel.
This is a slow book, focused on the characters and their relationships. There are no humans in the books, just four different aliens. We get to know the aliens on several levels – we see how their basic physiology affects the things they can do, how their cultural background affects how they think and interact with others, and how their own individual personalities matter. It a beautiful, loving book.