This is a âjust post first-contact' tale, an interweaving of ideals and practicality, schemes and counter schemes. Religious and political factions clash, as do financial institutions of several planets.
One character says "My name is Janni. I am a duranni, a native of Outre Mer. I have a mind. I believe that I have a soul. I am a person.
For a first novel it is intricately plotted, perhaps overly complex as it was sometimes difficult to follow the characters.