The mighty warships of the Syriot Empire have made landfall on the distant shores of the Three Clans, a fractured society of scheming nobles. Banisu is the puppet Emperor of the Three Clans, a teenager not yet old enough to rule and distrusted by the clan leaders and monks for the crimes of his father many years ago. But how can he carry out a unified defense against the invasion if he can’t even be trusted to lead his own people?
Sailing along with the invasion fleet is Vermilies, a translator for the Syriot Empire whose own homeland was conquered when he was a child. He has taken employment with the Syriot Empire in its quest to subjugate yet another land. After all, no one can stop the Syriot Empire’s overwhelming might.
All who live along the coast and ply the sea lanes know the name of the ferocious pirate captain Black Bekhar. The invasion from the Syriot Empire threatens an end to his days of piracy. Yet an invasion also provides opportunities for those ruthless and cunning enough to seek them out, and no one is more ruthless and cunning than Black Bekhar.