A hundred years ago, a treaty joined the seven provinces under a king and created a system of equal justice for nobles and commoners. The Sisters of Astraea were proclaimed the Judicators of the land, because they could tell truth from lie. Each Judicator has been selected by one of the god Naga's golden vipers, who can sense truth and falsehoods. Now many nobles want to go back to being above the law. DUKE CHANEY is using this discontent to raise an army against the king and the judicators.
JOLA survived a childhood on the streets and as a bonded slave. When she has the chance to join the Sisters of Astraea as a Judicator, a judge of the realm, she seizes the opportunity. But, like the streets, justice and even survival are in doubt as nobles foment a rebellion that will tear the kingdom apart and place them once more above the law. Judicator Jola seeks to discover who is behind the conspiracy and becomes a target of their violence.