Publication date: August 18, 2021
A space opera heist inspired by the legend of the Trojan Horse. A story of personal growth, mentorship, and sacrifice that combines the intimacy of a Becky Chambers novel with the gritty struggle and adventure of Nophek Gloss.
Ailo is a streetwise teen surviving alone on the remote moonbase, Tarkassi 9. She wants nothing more than to flee into the wider world of the Arm. When her chance arrives, she takes it but makes it no farther than the first ship out of the system. That’s where Jati, the Patent War veteran and rebel leader fighting the Monopolies gives her a second chance. It's an unlikely partnership, but Ailo’s got one thing going for her: she’s a ghost, unregistered in the Monopoly Alliance database.
Ailo's rogue status is just what Jati's People’s Army needs to drive the final spike of victory into a weakening Garassian Council. A team of experts assembles and hope rests on Ailo's skill, stealth, and tenacity to pull off the impossible. But a moral code may need to be bent, or broken, to finish the job.