Rakh al’Gadriel is a senator’s son in the oligarchic empire of Qart Hadasht, struggling to prove himself to a society that glorifies title over achievement. That all changes when he receives his first military assignment on the western fringe of the empire. But is it a punishment, or a proving ground?
Rakh al’Gadriel completes his officer training but makes an enemy of an instructor, sees how messy and human the system really is, and receives a strange assignment.
Lt. Marshall Al’Gadriel arrives in Eiru and impresses the locals through their attempts to test him, but a horrible crime occurs in the least likely place.