This is the deeply personal jouney of two native slaves who are thrust into the role of revolutionaries against the soldiers of the interstellar empire that conquered their unadvanced world. Cerrin has spent three years as a slave in the depth of Mine Three, but she has never given up on trying to escape. Now, she has a plan to tunnel hundreds of captives free at one time. Hundreds of miles away, another slave named Sonus tries only to do his job and not get noticed by the soldiers who guard his mine. But when a personal tragedy forces him to reevaluate life in slavery, he plots to steal a heavily armed and armored body suit in order to assassinate the planet’s viceroy.
When a mutual friend coordinates their efforts, their plans trigger a global rebellion that will send shockwaves throughout the empire.