Captain Aricka Badu left Taarken Prime 12 years ago for very good reasons, and she seldom goes back. It was supposed to be a short run, but, between the pirates, a brewing civil war, and her ex, she may never get to leave. Caden Carnes hadn't seen Ari in 12 years, but he'd never stopped thinking about her. Given their past, it wasn't exactly surprising she stayed away. What was surprising was seeing her back on Taarken, the mining planet she'd abandoned along with her lover and her family, ever.