In the world of powerful Lords, fortunes can be made... but mistakes are never forgiven. Escaping from local thugs, Kirrin gets caught hiding on the estate of a powerful ruler. Accused of theft and trespassing, he is sentenced to drudge-work on the estate. Impressed by his sharp wit and determination, his new Overlord trains Kirrin to be a finely tuned weapon. Then the tasks begin, each more illegal and difficult than the last. Thrilled by the challenge, Kirrin never asks questions. But his fortunes take a desperate turn when the daring mission results in the death of a prominent noble. Only Kirrin and his overlord know the truth about what happened. And he knows that two people with a dangerous secret might be one too many. With Blood on his hands, Kirrin worries that he's caught in a mistake with no way out. If he's not careful, the next blood spilled may be his own.