New ambassadors Temar Gazer and Shan Polli stopped one disaster on Livre, but the battle isn't over. Temar is still struggling to work through the abuse he suffered. Livre, too, stands at a crossroads: it could ally with the breakaway planets—risking strange and dangerous beliefs—or the older alliance, which offers human rights protections but seeks to control the planet’s resources. With everyone keeping secrets, it’s impossible to know who to trust. Shan and Temar do their best to navigate cultures they don’t understand and avoid the dangers lurking around every corner. It's a delicate balance, but they manage… until a disaster takes Shan away from Temar.
It's up to Temar to rescue Shan and guide their planet through the crisis safely, and he isn’t sure he’s ready. Just because he and Shan have chosen each other doesn’t mean their love is strong enough to survive when the stirring sands around them change.