"It will be interesting to discover which will make you beg. Will it be the pain or the pleasure?"
How do you tame a man without breaking his spirit?
galaxyis under siege from alien invaders. The Empire is the only force that stands in their way, trading the freedom of its citizensfor a tenuous security.
Amidst this chaos,
Lt.Adrian Stannis isa brilliant scientist trying to stay out ofthe limelight. He hides on a research vessel plyingthe Outer Rim and finds peace ofa sort with Kali Mirren,a psi-enabled humanoid. But his daysof anonymity may be coming to an end. Someone has discovered his secretand is determinedto make him pay for his treachery. He must finishthe projecthe abandoned years ago, onethe Council deems essentialin its fight against the aliens, but things are never that simple where Adrian is concerned. Is he more man than machine, or have years hiding behind a mountain of logic eroded his humanity? Can he survive the tangled web of political expediency and psychological manipulation that surrounds him? Will Kali be ableto save him from himself, or is therea mystery surrounding himthat may explode in their faces?
Everyone wants to knowthe
truth, but will it set them free?