The Connatic rules the three thousand inhabited planets of the Alastor Cluster from his palace Lusz on the world Numenes. Though his military force can bring considerable might to bear where necessary, the Connatic often wanders among his subjects incognito, intervening to right a wrong, or leaving well enough alone.
The population of the idyllic water-world Trullion is dispersed among myriad islands large and small. Glinnes Hulden, returning from ten years’ military service, finds his ancestral home given up to a social movement which will turn the Trill’s easy existence on its ear. From winnings earned playing hussade—the gladiatorial sport followed throughout the cluster—Hulden attempts to buy back his inheritance, but his hopes are dashed by a murderous raid carried out by space-borne pirates.
Glinnes Hulden must use his wits and strength to regain what is rightfully his.
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