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"Somehow, this was not the heroic covert ops mission that Miles had envisioned in his mind—blundering around Kety's ship in tow of a pair of prim, aging haut-ladies—well, Pel's allegiance to the proprieties was highly suspect, but Nadina appeared to be trying to make up for it."
―Nadina manages primness on a mission[src]

The haut Nadina was consort for Sigma Ceta during the time of the theft of the Great Key of the Star Crèche. She was taken prisoner by her haut governor, Ilsum Kety, when the haut ladies tried to recall their gene banks (without which the Great Key would be useless). Miles Vorkosigan and haut Pel Navarr came to her rescue; she helped by leading them to the room where the Key was being kept.

During her rescue, Miles was forced to cut off a length of her hair, which had been trapped in a clamp. She absolutely refused to have her hair cut ("Haut women never cut their hair!"), leading Miles to have to surreptitiously cut it with a vibra-knife, reassuring her it was a sacrifice for the haut. Pel was distressed at his action, but to Miles, it seemed she was relieved it was done.

Both she and Pel, however, were impressed by ghem-Colonel Dag Benin's professionalism and discretion, noting he treated the Planetary Consorts with every comfort while doing his job, even though he was detaining them for questioning at the same time. Their approval were strongly implied to be behind his promotion to his predecessor's job as ghem-General in charge of Cetagandan Imperial Security.

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