A war rages in the Barony of Branister. After the Barony was invaded by Archduke Listerian, he installed a puppet King upon the Branister throne. Noble houses have risen up in a rebellion, and this is just one of many tales of the war.
The Leanai Scáth appeared on Earth two centuries ago. They have been herded into colonies on the outskirts of cities, and are subject to the most punitive of laws. Michael violates the laws he sees as unjust, and risks everything for a race seen as nothing better than vermin.