When graduating senior Ciarán Mac Durmuid intervenes and rescues a fellow spacer from alien assassins he breaks the Freeman Federation’s unwritten law – mind your own business.
When Ciarán’s mysterious damsel in distress demands to know his particulars he breaks the Freeman Federation’s unwritten law again – keep your mouth shut.
Now a single decision will determine Ciaran’s future.
He can surrender his lifelong dream of winning an interstellar merchant’s license and escaping his dreary farm-boy destiny.
Or he can apprentice himself to the black sheep of the powerful nic Cartaí clan, a young woman who is almost certainly a pirate, aboard a sentient starship that is almost certainly insane, on a mission that will almost certainly get him killed.
Ciarán has to decide.
Does he bring his cat, or should he leave her with friends?