Maité Martinez has always yearned for more than waitressing in a greasy diner on the polluted, mostly abandoned planet Earth. She’s spent her life hiding from the global corporations that took over when the world’s governments went belly up. Thankfully, they’ve been too busy trying to keep the tenuous peace with the mysterious alien race—the Aunare—to pay her much attention, but just in case, Maité likes to keep a low profile. Staying out of the system at all costs has been her motto. But when a SpaceTech officer gets handsy with her, she reacts without thinking.
Breaking his nose might not have been her smartest move, and now she’s faced with a choice: serious jail time working in a chain gang on a volcano planet or join the corporate army to fight against the impending war with the Aunare. With those two options, Maité knows she has to enlist if she wants any hope of surviving.
As with everything in her life, Maité quickly realizes that the war with the Aurnare isn’t what it seems. And Lorne, the Aunare prince, keeps popping up everywhere she goes. Being seen with him could get her in even deeper trouble with her commanders, but he’s the first person who sees through the wall she’s built around herself and she can’t bring herself to send him away.
When the situation between SpaceTech and the Aunare escalates, Maité has a way to end the war before it even begins. There’s only one question: can she stop the total annihilation of the human race without getting herself killed in the process?