Adam, a rising young star in the imperialist Terran Protectorate, is on the verge of a massive promotion...until a routine physical exam reveals something less than perfection. Stripped of wealth and position, stricken with a mysterious illness, Adam resorts to stealing credits to survive. Moments from capture, help arrives in the form of Lochlan, a brash, cocksure Bideshi fighter. Now the Bideshi, a people long shunned by the Protectorate, are the only ones who'll offer him shelter. As Adam learns the truth about the mysterious, nomadic people he was taught to fear, Lochlan offers him not just shelter--but a temptation Adam can only resist for so long. Struggling to adapt to his new life, Adam discovers his illness hides a terrible secret, one that the Protectorate will stop at nothing to conceal. Time is growing short, and he must find the strength to close a centuries-old rift, accept a new identity--and hold on to a love that could cost him everything.
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