Riyan Mitali's return to Kaigande City has been riddled with failure - her research thesis has made her the laughing stock of the university, anti-governement rebels made sure she had almost nothing to show for months of mosquito-ridden field work, and on top it off, her oldest friend decided to side-step an arranged marriage by telling his family he was marrying her instead. Pity he didn't think to ask first. Her elder brother Tieryn, a Captain in the Royal River Guard, is dealing with a different set of problems - haunted by memories of the friend he couldn't save, his return to duty has saddled him with a bumbling new recruit who can barely keep her strong telepathic abilties under control. As tensions in the city heat up in response to sweeping reforms to laws that have held up for over a century, the Mitalis get caught up in the middle of a storm of change that could turn the city for the better - or completely destroy it. ~~~~~ Contains some risque humour, romance, plenty of hilarity and a fair amount of violence, both deserved and otherwise.