The Noble Prisoner
by Brendan DuBois
In "The Noble Prisoner," Sire Armand de la Couture has caught the attention of his Empire's security forces. Beaten, interrogated and tortured, he is deported west to the Imperial Oil Sands Authority, where condemned prisoners work as slaves to extract needed oil from the ground for the benefit of the Empire. There, he is a pampered prince who must survive assassins and the elements.