Hazard King had always wanted to be an Imperial Fleet officer, just like his father.
But he’s a Prince of the Realm, which make things a bit more… complicated. And when Hazard’s parents tell him that they don’t trust his older brother and want Hazard to be the Crown Prince—the heir to the throne—things go from bad to worse. Just when it seems they can’t get any worse, the Empress is attacked.
What is a simple fleet lieutenant supposed to do with his mother in a coma, a seemingly invincible enemy on the offensive, a darkness from the past stirring, and his paranoid older brother trying to assassinate him? What Naval officers do best—improvise.
He’s going to need all his skills, as well as the help of a former spy, a handful of Marines, and a few close relatives if he’s to defend the Empire against all enemies—foreign and domestic.