It's been fifteen years since the events of Blood & Oil. The planet Isra has been found, the Kahlrani restored, and the Empire has become a place of second chances. Old ways and new realities have shoved issues to the fore that cannot be ignored.
Emperor Gar of Clan Delapore is quite aware that his society is at a tipping point, putting him in a position to push.
It won't be easy. Gar is backed by some of the most powerful people on Isra, but the Lord Marshal and the Dragon can't fix everything. With numbers low and the Clans depleted, the civilian population feels they finally stand a chance to rule themselves. Meanwhile, other Clans are issuing challenge, convinced that Gar and Delapore can replaced, and the title of Emperor seized.
The galaxy is a dangerous place and the Empire can’t afford unrest. Gar will pull in whatever allies he can, but nightmares and bad blood take their toll, and even Gar is not what he seems.