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In the distant future, the Skolian empire rules one third of the human galaxy, and is the most powerful of all. For the ruling family has the power of telepathy, and through it, the ability to communicate faster than light across the interstellar space. but their most determined enemy, the traders, who thrive on human pain, need to interbreed with a Skolian to gain their powers. And now they have her.
“Space adventure for the twenty-first century. It has all the romantic excitement of the SF we loved as kids, made sophisticated with Asaro's fascinating knowledge of cutting-edge science. This book crackles with ideas.” ― Nancy Kress