Two cultures . . .
Both settled the same world, but the nations of Santuario and Jarðvegur are literally poles apart. The people of Santuario are refugees, struggling to survive on a resource-scarce tropical island under a backwater totalitarian regime. The far northern people of Jarðvegur might have wealth and democracy on their side, but they lost the moral high ground centuries ago to fear and isolationism, and are discovering now just how difficult it is to claw their way back up.
Two men . . .
Santuarian cop Alex Rukow has learned the hard way to keep his head down. He's perfected the moves, but he doesn't actually ever yield. Though one man may be able to change his mind on that.
Jarðvegur homicide investigator Bengt believes that everyone deserves a chance and a choice. But in Santuario, Bengt learns that life is never clear-cut, and the choices he and Alex make have consequences Bengt could never have imagined in his earlier life.
One shared passion . . .
Bengt and Alex must dig deep for the trust and courage to bridge their differences. Because if they can’t make it work between the two of them, how will they ever manage to bridge their two cultures?