Born as a member of the Metalworker Caste on Taysar, Jay is destined to be a blacksmith like his father before him. Jay knows he is capable of becoming much more. But defying the strict rules of Taysan society is impossible, and to escape a life of manual labour and follow his dreams, Jay must live a lie instead.
But with all his charm and audacity and talent for deception, the truth is always ready to catch up with him. Masquerading as a member of the elite Swordbearer Caste, Jay is assigned to a remote moon outpost where the local warriors are guarding secrets of their own. There, he falls prey to his one great weakness.