In this second half of the fifth book of the series, Wolf lacks goods to trade. Desperate, he raids Barton, a grasping Gaean. On learning that Barton possesses Gaeanite, Wolf abducts Lesley, Barton’s niece, and tries to trade her for the priceless mineral. When Barton refuses to pay ransom, Wolf seduces the lonely Gaean. Before he sets out to capture Chapell, a vicious outlaw, Lesley offers to marry him, so he can gain Gaean citizenship. Wolf refuses, out of concern for her. Will the daring adventurer win amnesty for himself and his crew?
Merline gives Austin a job ashore. Aided by Paco, a homeless lad, Austin converts Merline’s property into a paying business. Austin and Paco attend a ceremony honoring Austin’s sister, who runs an orphanage. Slade raids Martha’s Refuge, and takes hostages, in an attempt to steal Merline’s ship.
Will the rescue mission mounted by Merline, Hogar, and Wolf succeed? And if it does, will Signe learn what happened to Hogar and Merline in Columbia? If she does, how will the warrior-woman react?