Lancer Andira Tal made Alsean history when she accepted the producer's challenge to work a holding as a field laborer. She should have known that the peace of Hol-Opah couldn't last. Now her hosts are cleaning up blast debris and she's searching for both a traitor and a missing member of her family.Just as she thinks she's solved one of her problems, Tal falls into a meticulously planned trap that threatens her title, her new family, and her freedom. To top it all, she loses her greatest support right when she needs it most. There's no possible way out, so she'll have to do the impossible—and the clock is ticking.