The nation of Egalia prizes stability and uniformity in all things. Fiola is an Outlier, member of a caste forced to live apart from society because they don’t meet Egalian standards. The nation of Mericore prizes individuality and passion. Torval is a Mericoran framed for murder while on a diplomatic mission. The two become embroiled in a shadowy conspiracy. Joining forces may change not only their lives but also dictate the future of two peoples. Can Fiola trust a stranger when she can’t trust one of her own?