How can someone accept and move beyond the utter despair of losing the only reality they've ever known? This is the question Trent Marcello must now consider after surviving the Battle of Earth, where he lost his past, his home...everything and everyone he once knew. But he does not have to answer this question alone... More
The NHA is not what it seems.
This is what Trent Marcello, now Trent Alutia, has begun to realize as he embraces his new role as Grand Duke of Alutia, to rule by the side of the lovely Grand Duchess Sasha Alutia. He first senses that a rotten foundation may lay hidden beneath the beautiful facade of the NHA during the Vn'Oco Royal Guard Rebellion, before further fostering this belief when the Emperor's Purge Guard "mistakenly" occupies Alutia'Earth. Though both events are quickly resolved, leaving little actual damage in their wakes and allowing his and Sasha's marriage of elevation to proceed as planned, Trent can still sense something wicked lurking behind the luxury, wealth, and comfort that those of noble and common birth are provided. Though he is not certain...he believes he may have finally discerned what is behind this sense of corruption...born of the hidden majority of the NHA population...the petties.
Meanwhile, during Sasha and Trent's 45 days of isolation required for noble marriages of elevation, Lady Vickie, Lady Tiana, Lady Regalia, and Empress Yukie will be forced to find ways to occupy their suddenly ordinary days. Lady Regalia, always the inquisitive, stumbles upon a mystery that will snag not only the interest of Queen Vahna, but that of Empress Yukie and Lady Tiana, leading to a discovery no one could have possibly ever predicted. At the same time, Lady Vickie, at the request of Prince Georigi, will travel to the Alutia Marks, the Prince hoping the time together will allow him to become ever closer to his new love. But the journey may not be as peaceful as they hope, Prince Georigi quickly realizing that the Lady Vickie is not who he thought her to be. But this matters little after the noble prince receives an unexpected message that will lead them on a journey neither he nor Vickie could have ever foreseen.
Join Trent and Sasha as they enjoy a moment of peace, before again facing the 75,000 years of horrible NHA traditions and laws, and come to fully grasp the NHA meaning of the word, petty. Follow Lady Regalia, Lady Vickie, Lady Tiana, and Empress Yukie as they explore the wonders and mysteries of Alutia, all while knowing the dangers of a Duchy bordered by a mortal enemy, Duke Zehman, that will never allow them to rest. Watch as an unexpected foe, one that Trent, Sasha, and Vickie know quite well, returns from the grave...causing such turmoil...such chaos within NHA Galaxy 189...that Alutia will be forced to stand alone.