The galaxy-spanning Torth Empire just suffered an unthinkable defeat. Now the Torth Majority clamors for better leadership. They want a commander who can outsmart Thomas. It’s time for the Upward Governess to seize absolute power, cast off the laws which constricted her, and do whatever she can to prove her superiority over rebellious runaway slaves and human hybrids.
Thomas’s starship is adrift and starved for water and fuel. Ariock barely clings to life amidst rioting refugees. The Torth have unlimited weapons, slaves, planets, space armadas, and plenty of super-human soldiers … but a rebel nation is being born.
The refugees are primed for war. With Thomas at the helm of their nascent civilization, even the mightiest of Torth quake in fear. For the first time in Torth history, the rulers of the galaxy cannot feel sure of victory.