If you had a chance to make a deal with the devil... would you take it?
There's an unusual devil on the prowl - Farfarello, at your service. From bluesmen down on their luck, to magicians stranded in circuses full of strange creatures, to reclusive inventors determined to give life to their creations, this devil is always ready to show up and grant people their wishes in exchange for a small fee - their soul.
And if he happens to meddle a little in their love lives while he's at it, and maybe teach them a few lessons in the process... well, a devil's got to have a...
The future isn’t an easy place to live. Humanity is split into two warring factions: one is determined to bring all of human-explored space under its control, and the other travels the stars in massive homeships, carrying with them the ancient stories and traditions their foes have rejected.
On the sparsely populated frontier, renegades, bounty hunters, and pirates maintain their own rule of law. Government is nonexistent. Ethics are a luxury. Greed is the order of the day.
And on the worlds unexplored by humankind lurk wonders and dangers beyond imagining.
Few of the people on Planet Mitan know that their future rests on very precarious foundations. A terrifying species holds the Mitans in thrall, and only a yearly tribute—part conscripts, part volunteers—secures the fragile peace with the sinister Ungrich. Nobody knows exactly what the alien creatures want with the Mitans, but the Mitan military and the few survivors of the underground ordeal have developed a training program. It’s brutal, even horrific, but effective.
Commander Rehz Akran is determined that his trainees, willing or otherwise, will learn everything...