Marri is a soldier who blows a high-risk spy mission. The commanding general is so angry at this that she cashiers Marri from the private army and sells her into slavery. Madame Bon, proprietor of a high-class brothel, buys her and puts her to work. When Madame finds out about Marri's proclivities and preferences, she has her entertaining the brothel's roughest clients; a development that Marri finds stimulating, if exhausting.
Along the way she falls in love with Aleksei, another of Madame's slaves, but he is soon put out of her reach. Frustrated, Marri still carries on as best she can, until she finds out the city is threatened with invasion by a warlord, as well as the general who drummed Marri out of her army.
Can Marri secure protection for those she has come to care about, while somehow finding her own way forward?
His name finally cleared of the murder charge, Vilnek and Shawna are busy preparing to transfer from Trellian to the new mining planet, Plivit. Shawna is eager to rejoin her husband and enjoy their Permanent Companion Assignment. However, when a dear friend mysteriously vanishes from Trellian, Shawna leaps into action. The disappearance causes more work and delays essential repairs needed to get Trellian's damaged systems back online. Vilnek, and the other miners, have their hands full searching the planet for clues and keeping their errant wives in hand. Spankings abound as the tensions mount.
Life was bad enough when Pippa disappeared. But dealing with Dodgers, and administration, and miners, has Talvok completely overwhelmed. He never wanted to run a mining operation, he just wanted to build the equipment! Surely, there was a way to do both? Or will Talvok lose not only his best friends, but his companion too?
Todd Henderson couldn't face another Christmas in the city with all the boring parties he'd be expected to attend, or with his family telling him he needs to find a woman and settle down, so he escaped to his cabin in the mountains. Lucy Crider was feeling sorry for herself after being fired from another job and didn't feel up to facing her family, who she was sure would not only give her a hard time about being fired, but also about her lack of a man. She went to hide out at her cousin's cabin over the holidays. Their paths crossed when her car got stuck in the snow trying to make it up the mountain to the cabin, and he heard someone in distress and went to help. Her anger and bad mood clashed with his desire for calm and quiet, especially the second time he had to rescue the stubborn damsel in distress. Follow their adventures to see if they can find a way to make a quiet Christmas a good Christmas.