Darling Cruel walks a dangerous line of deception, and is part of the ruling family his alter ego, Kere, is trying to bring down. More importantly, he's working to destroy the man who murdered his father... his uncle. But he has to be careful. One wrong move will cost him not only his own life, but that of his mother and siblings.
Zarya leads the Resistance and is the only one Darling has ever fully trusted, but when she uses a weapon he designed specifically for her, against the family he protects, all bets are off. His ally has now become his foe and the once protector turns into the real Kere.
Now Zarya must find the humanity that once lived inside Darling or the entire universe will fall victim to one of the most ruthless dictators ever known. But how can anyone regain trust when their betrayal ran so deep?