Theirs is a friendship forged in hell...Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarrelled with his ruthless, politically influential father.
Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Cinnabar government.
Kostroma is a wealthy planet that depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and Alliance, battle for supremacy.
In a few hours, diplomacy is going to fail Kostroma.
Daniel, Adele, and the scratch crew they gather aren't much to stand in the way of a powerful invasion fleet; but, just possibly, they're enough.
They have nothing on their side but each other-and heaven help whatever tries to stand in their way...