The New York Times bestselling and Hugo Award-winning author of Once a Hero continues her epic saga of war, power, and loyalty
in the cold reaches of space...After proving herself in battle, Esmay Suiza is continuing her RSS Fleet training alongside
her erstwhile love Barin when she meets Brun-the ebullient daughter of Lord Thornbuckle-who idolizes her as a reluctant hero.
But Esmay cannot abide Brun's highborn airs. And when their shared affection for Barin ignites a rivalry between them, Esmay
is exiled to remote duty. Crushed by the rebuke of her friendship, Brun leaves the facility-and enters a nightmare.For the
enemies of civilization are on the move. The savage New Texas Militia, driven to spread their fanatical dogma, has been stealing
the Familias government's own weaponry to use against them. When Brun accidentally witnesses their depredations, her life
is all but forfeit. Taken by the Militia, she is subjected to inhuman torment as Esmay is blamed for the disastrous situation
and the galaxy prepares for inevitable conflict.With the life of Brun and the dominance of the Familias Regnant both in peril,
Esmay must go into action once again against a brutal, deranged enemy who would rather die than face defeat...