Rookie investigator Dina Marlijn's dream has come true.
She's been assigned her first outworld homicide case with
her favorite partner, Jon Rzije. Arriving on the tiny
desert world of Exodus, Jon is the only man who knows
Dina's secret -- that she's a telepath with powers
dangerously close to those of the Dark Star dens, a
telepathic race so hated they've been banned from Synergy
Worlds as "Dark Outworlders." There's one secret Dina
keeps even from Jon.
No one hates the dens more than Dina.
But soon after arriving, the dream investigation goes
awry. Dina is attacked and left for dead, only to be
rescued by Rayn DeStar, enigmatic leader of a band of
desert misfits. An outlaw on Exodus, on the run from his
own homeworld, Rayn is a dens.
Dina counters the seduction of Rayn's golden eyes by
manipulating him into helping with her investigation, but
soon she wonders who is exploiting whom? The
telepathic "bond" she shares with Rayn draws her deeper and
deeper into a web of desire, mistrust, and betrayal. Can
listening to her heart extricate her from the lies
surrounding her? Or will her longing to connect with a
soul mate be the bait that lures her into the ultimate trap
Time is running out for Dina and Rayn, and the choices they
must make will mean life or death for themselves and those