Nexus point—an origin, a beginning. The Altairan Empire has flourished for over a thousand years, spreading over thousands of worlds. But the foundation is crumbling. All it takes is one nudge, one flap of a butterfly’s wing, one seemingly minor event on a very minor world, to tumble the Empire into chaos.
Dace is a nobody, a minor tramp trader captain, young and inexperienced. When her ship crashes and strands her on Dadilan, a backwards world locked in a feudal society, all she wants is to escape. But the natives think she’s a demon and should be burned alive. The drug smugglers on the planet think she’s the competition. The undercover Patrol officers on the planet think she’s the enemy. Her only hope of surviving is to convince the Patrol agent hunting her that she’s innocent. But on Dadilan, no one is innocent.
And on that event, the Empire begins to crumble . . .