Shohn has one mission: live a lie-filled life undercover. She permits herself no family ties and few friends. Meeting Joe makes her rethink her rule of isolation. When Joe seeks help to locate his birth mother, he hires Shohn. As their unexpected friendship deepens into more, each mystery they solve reveals yet another hidden layer. The truth they seek could immobilize interstellar commerce in the empire. To protect the Empire they both love, they must solve the riddle behind his elusive birth mother, and trust one another. But how can they trust when the "truth" they've each been fed is a lie?