After months of sneaking around, Captain Alyn Evans and Jarvez Kashari have gone public as a couple. Alyn wants to move in together, but Jarvez isn't ready. As the Red Dragons trading mission begins, Jarvez worries that Alyns principles will clash with the Companys sometimes ethically dubious methods. The Company rep aboard ship, he fears hell be the one to feel the sharp edge of Alyns disapproval and could even lose him.
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Alyns unbending sense of right and wrong leads him to give asylum to an enslaved man, Sumi, bringing threats of retribution from Sumis owner. This leads to tension between Alyn and Jarvez when Alyn makes Sumi his personal steward and Jarvez feels he can no longer get a moment alone with his lover.
Sumis owner follows up on his threats and Alyn is brought before a court in a politically charged trial, whose outcome already seems fixed. Kept apart from Alyn, terrified hell see him go to prison, Jarvez doesn't think the situation can get any worse. Until Alyns ex shows up. In the end hell be driven to beg for help from the one person whod like to see Alyn out of Jarvezs life forever.