Sixteen-year-old August is a dangerous criminal. Branded and sent into space to die, he’s rescued by the Pike, a freight ship headed to the capital city of Prime. And to top it all off, August has no memory of who he is or what he’s done.
Forced to spend two years aboard the ship, August uncovers a prophecy that pits the Emperor against him. The Emperor’s daughter, Petra, is destined to fall in love with August and together they’ll bring about the untimely death of the Emperor. As August begins to unravel his past, he’s not sure whether the prophecy is real or if the Emperor is paranoid.
August plots revenge against the Emperor, but when he meets Petra and a friendship unexpectedly blossoms, he’s torn between carrying out his plan and wanting peace.