Kashti never expected to find a barely-clothed woman shackled to an altar in a secret cave. She expected the woman’s offer to be her obedient servant even less—but Kashti came to the cave for treasure, and she’s never hesitated to take it before.
In a fantastic world full of shapeshifters and Djinn, Kashti is a trader who has built her fortune on secrets. Such a life is a lonely one, but a chance encounter will turn everything she knows on its head.
Kez is ship’s cook on a stolen ship crewed by pirates. The pirates are on the run from the corrupt Ascendancy government, and they’ve just picked up two new passengers: ‘unicorn’ people, aliens also fleeing for their lives.
On a dangerous, unexplored planet, Kez and the alien Seely are separated from their crewmates after an earthquake. Things don’t look good for their survival: with half-broken equipment and battered bodies, they struggle to hold out, lost in caves deep in the mountains, trying not to lose hope…