A Two Moons of Rehnor prequel novella. Meri was born with a beauty unmatched though she lived in a decrepit flat in the old city. Her sister, Jayne longs for a life away from the streets and the mother who calls herself a nurse for giving treatments to men. Jayne and Meri venture to the Palace hoping for positions as maids. One girl is hired on, the other is turned away - though neither will end up where they expected.
Space Cadet Katie Golden is on her way to the Allied Spaceforce Academy when the spaceplane is boarded by Talasian Pirates. Katie is forced to take evasive action to save her treasured chess pieces, the white queen and black king that were given to her years ago by a strange alien boy. Will Katie's actions doom her career before it even starts?
Luci was big, but she had a pretty face. At least, that is what everyone said. Unfortunately, between Luci's size, her stuttering and lisps, and the squalid conditions of her family, Luci is doomed to a miserable life. A strange turn of events sends Luci to the city of New Mishnah where Great Aunt Klair takes her in and sets her on the path that will change everything.