Orry Kent's father is the best conman in the quadrant. Alongside Orry and her brother, Ethan, he targets the decadent ruling families of the Ascendancy, running elaborate heists before disappearing without a trace. This time should be no different.
But then Orry goes off-script and it all falls apart. Less than an hour later the Count's spoiled grandson is dead and Orry's on the run, accused of a murder she didn't commit.
Turns out, the pendant Orry stole was crafted by the mysterious civilisation that once lived on the Shattermoon - and she's not the only one who wants it. It doesn't take ruthless space pirate Morven Dyas long to track her down, or to threaten her with her worst fear, and when she's unexpectedly rescued by loner Jurgen Dender and his ageing spaceship, the Dainty Jane, Orry knows there's only one thing left to do.
It requires all of Orry's powers of persuasion to get Mender to agree to her plan, especially when even she can see the madness of pitting an inexperienced young grifter, a space-dog long past his best and an obsolete spaceship against the Imperial Fleet, the worst of the space pirates - and the alien Kadirans, who are getting bored with the long, uneasy truce with humankind...
But what other choice does she have?