This science fiction classic takes place in the far future of a universe created by Isaac Asimov some time between his Robot series and his Foundation series.
Biron, an interstellar college student in the far future, has three big problems. One, he has to find an ancient artifact which could be anywhere in the known universe. He isn’t the only one on the trail of ancient treasure and his rivals don’t want to share. Two, Biron has to find a killer. His father, a wealthy political activist, is missing and presumed dead; very likely murdered by the same people who want the artifact. Three, Biron has to find a planet. A galactic civil war has been brewing for years. Rumor says that one faction possesses a secret weapon hidden on a planet known only to a select few.
Artemisia, daughter of the governor of the planet Rhodia, has three big problems. One, she's worried about her father who has been acting very strangely. He was always eccentric, but lately he has become increasingly erratic. Two, Artemisia is about to wed a man she despises. Her would be groom is arrogant, obnoxious and old enough to be her father. Unfortunately, he is also politically well connected. Before she can protest, her dear addled daddy has agreed to the match. According to an ancient law, she is bound by her father’s word. Three, Artemisia wants to get off the planet. Her overly amorous suitor can’t marry her if he can’t find her.When Biron meets Artemisia, they embark on a joint venture in which they will fight for his life, her liberty and their mutual pursuit of happiness. Their personal problems are about to put them in a position to affect planetary policies. Their private concerns will propel them into powerful circles. Their political adversaries will plunge them into the midst of a galaxy wide conflict.
Biron and Artemisia are about to become intimately involved in interstellar intrigue involving treasure, treachery and tyranny.