"Evaluate the new head of House Laisira, and if he seems unsuitable, deal with it." Such was Pathen Ures-emodo's unpalatable assignment. When he begins his investigation, he suspects nothing more than incompetence. But could House Laisira be hiding a far greater sin? And what will Pathen, the unwilling claw of the emperor, do about it? A Jokka story set in the time of Roika's empire, after the novel The Worth of a Shell.