Angel is liberated from prison seconds before her execution for murder. Her career a shambles, she finds herself thrust into a new job, hunting real felons across the frontier, and piloting the fastest, most sophisticated craft in the galaxy. Why Toni, the enigmatic EUSA commander, takes Angel on, falls into place quickly. They have a lot in common. Though two decades separates them, both have fought a life of persecution for their dwarfism. Orphans raised in the same institution, graduated from the Merchant Academy, they even trained under the same martial arts coach.