Set in the early space-trading days of the Liaden
Universe®, the story of how an ordinary Terran became the
pivot point in galactic clash of cultures, and how the more
he tried to be just like his father, the less the universe
seemed inclined to help. More than that: by trying to
survive he became living proof that...
...A Little Knowledge is A Dangerous Thing.
Assistant Trader Jethri Gobelyn was an honest, hardworking
young man who knew:
*a lot about living onboard his family's space-going trade
ship Gobelyn's Market
*something about trade, finance, and risk-taking
*a little bit about Liadens
It was, oddly enough, the little bit he knew about Liadens
that seemed like it might be enough to make his family's
fortune, and his own, too.
In short order, however, Jethri Gobelyn was about to find
out a lot more about Liadens...
...like how far they might go to protect their name and
reputation. Like the myriad of things one might say—
intentionally or not—with a single bow. Like what it would
take to make a Liaden trade-ship crew trash a bar. Like how
hard it is to say "I'm sorry!" in Liaden.
Pretty soon it was clear that as little as he knew about
Liadens, he knew far less about himself. With his very
existence a threat to the balance of trade, Jethri Gobelyn
needed to learn fast, or else help destroy all he held dear.