A sentient starship, refitted and pressed into service... quite possibly mad. An unstable crew, captained by a ruthless woman... quite possibly pirates. A fresh recruit, with an unexplained past... and his cat. In a world where nothing is what it seems and heroes are in short supply. Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell. Just sit down. Buckle in. And hang on.
When graduating senior Ciarán Mac Durmuid intervenes and rescues a fellow spacer from alien assassins he breaks the Freeman Federation’s unwritten law – mind your own business.
When Ciarán’s mysterious damsel in distress demands to know his particulars he breaks the Freeman Federation’s unwritten law again – keep your mouth shut.
Now a single decision will determine Ciaran’s future.
He can surrender his lifelong dream of winning an interstellar merchant’s license and escaping his dreary farm-boy destiny.
Or he can apprentice himself to the black sheep of the powerful nic Cartaí clan, a young woman who is almost certainly a pirate, aboard a sentient starship that is almost certainly insane, on a mission that will almost certainly get him killed.
Ciarán has to decide.
Does he bring his cat, or should he leave her with friends?