Kyle and Sky may have fled Wrath but they are now marooned on a vast space station known as the Ark, working for a criminal gang of traffickers. Kyle hates the brutality, but the gangster high-life has tempting compensations for someone who grew up with nothing in the Barrenlands. Sky's health is deteriorating as she finally tracks down her sister, Tarn, but their reunion is far from smooth.
When their Wrath past finally catches up with them, an encounter with the ruthless ComSec authorities leaves Kyle facing the cruellest choice of his young life. To save himself and his nublood species, he must risk losing Sky forever . . .