Ben, a political prisoner who killed his queen, is released from jail when a riot overtakes the jail and frees the prisoners. With no plan and nowhere to go, he follows his cellmate out of the prison and into a spaceship piloted by an absurdly talented, incredibly surly, and mysterious woman. When Ben discovers the pilot is smuggling the galaxy-renowned jewels of the Emeran Empire, missing for nearly fifteen years since the kingdom collapsed, he learns that their lives may be more intertwined than he ever could have imagined. Was it fate or design that brought the trio together? Can they work together to restore the jewels to their rightful owner without falling afoul of the new regime?