This is a science fiction romance. Priscilla Mendoza is left stranded on an isolated world by by Sav Rid Olanek. She is picked up by Dutiful Passage whose captain and master trader is Shan yos'Galan. Shan is in the midst of an honor feud with Sav Rid. Lots of dangerous things happen to Shan and Priscilla as a result of the feud. Priscilla learns how an empath acts in the greater world from Shan and Lina. She is a dramliz. Meanwhile, Shan and Priscilla fall in love.