PThe far-flung Zor Empire lies in chaos. The Empress is dead - assassinated - and opportunists, traitors, and schemers vie for control of the succession.
When Kasar Kell Calyx travels to Zor Prime to join the Imperial Guard, she discovers they are outlawed and hunted. She soon finds herself in trouble, but imprisonment yields vital and dangerous information: a true heir to the throne may be hidden on a desolate planet.
Embroiled in murder and intrigue, Kasar must decide who to trust. She joins forces with three renegade Guardsmen intent on finding the true heir: Shirda, a former assassin hiding her past behind the Guard’s red cloak; Rel, a disgraced nobleman with Psionic powers; and Tor, a giant from a distant planet who has vowed to serve the crown.
Together, they must race find the hidden heir before a pretender can seize the throne and take control of the Crimson Empire!