When Jeremiah set out for the stars, he never expected to receive an accidental bride. Since neither of them speak the same language, he has no way to tell her that there's been a terrible mistake. But the more time they spend together, the less of a mistake it seems.
As Jeremiah and Noemi make new friends in the immigrant community on Oriana Station, the cycle of poverty and Imperial oppression forces them to make uncomfortable decisions about their future, and about what it means to be faithful.
With Noemi's pregnancy well into its final term, Jeremiah must find a home for them soon. But they arrive at the new world only to be captured by pirates. With all their dreams about to be shattered, Jeremiah must put everything on the line—include the lives of the people he loves most.
Noemi fully expected to die in the famine ravaging her homeworld. But when a mysterious young starfarer carries her off, she suddenly has a chance to start over. First, though, she must convince him to open up to her, even though the only way to communicate is through dreams.
Jakob gave up his freedom to start a family at Megiddo Station, and now he's starting to regret it. Famine and exodus have left them all penniless, and the cycle of racism keeps it that way. As the spark of his marriage slowly dies, a benefactor emerges to pull him back from the brink.
When Mariya's family leaves for the Far Outworlds, she realizes that her best friend's husband may be the last good man she meets. She doesn't want to break up their marriage, but she doesn't want to be alone either. Sharing a husband seems like the best option—until everything falls apart.
When Lucca stumbles across a colony mission captured by pirates, saving them seems like a grand adventure. But when the pirates see through his skillful ruse and strand him on an alien world, the girl that he's trying to rescue comes up with a better plan.