The only law is popular opinion. The Majority has evaluated Thomas's mind, and unlike everyone on Earth, they don't dismiss him as a disabled child. They don't care about his debilitating neuromuscular disease, or that he was raised by savage humans on a primitive planet. Thomas has a powerful mind, and the Majority insists that he should be a leader in the networked civilization which rules the known universe. But the Majority also condemns his foster family and friends to die in an alien slave ghetto. The Majority always get what they want. In a galaxy ruled by an uptight mob that shares every thought, secrets are impossible. Escape is impossible. The only way for Thomas to save the people he loves is to gain loyal followers. But time is running out for the slaves ... and Thomas has never been good at popularity. Cover painting by Byzwa Dher.