Fourteen years since he was framed for theft, disgraced military officer Thracius "Tracy" Belmanor has built a new life for himself on a small trading vessel crewed primarily by aliens. He and his crew engage in deals just under the radar of the Solar League authorities.
At the other end of society, Princess Mercedes de Arango has her own problem-the lack of an heir. Meanwhile her philandering husband has ably proved the problem isn't him. Amid rumors of a coup, Mercedes makes the desperate decision to undertake a military campaign. But when things go badly wrong and her future lies in the hands of the man she betrayed, Tracy has a choice to make-can he ever forgive her?
Melinda Snodgrass has written multiple novels and screenplays, and is best known for her work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has also worked on numerous other shows, including The Profilers, Sliders and Seaquest DSV. She coedits the Wild Cards series with George R.R. Martin. Melinda is the author of The Edge series, which is published by Tor Books in the US and Titan Books in the UK. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.