Salan is a mixed-race child, half-cat and half-human, and as such his society regards him as a dangerous Abomination. But it’s the execution of his own mother in the town square that sets Salan off to find the truth of his origins. Salan barely escapes the chaos of his society falling into racially fueled revolutionary violence. While hiding from the law, Salan contemplates suicide and struggles to move on from the death of his mother.
Later, Salan is conscripted into a militia and falls in love with another Abomination. As it turns out, rather than being the lowest of the low, Salan is worth more to his country than he knows . . .