After being kidnapped by the Malifects and sold into slavery, Darla Barrie thought life couldn’t get any worse. But when her getaway attempt goes awry and she finds herself trapped on a planet with no obvious means of escape—surrounded by other wayward refugees who are not necessarily friendly—she realizes that there’s always room for things to go wrong. Her only possible hope for freedom is an alliance with a stranger, but can she trust a single-minded former soldier whose plans have nothing to do with her?
Former Coalition fighter Pan can barely remember life before he was trapped. He used to have a ship, used to fight for the good guys, used to have hopes and dreams. Now he’s a pitiful excuse for a soldier, spending his days plotting and leading a ragtag band of stranded misfits in their attempts to steal an enemy ship and ditch this planet for good. But when a determined young woman spills through a portal and disrupts his life, Pan has to decide whether it’s worth risking a newfound chance at happiness to complete his mission…or whether happily ever after can possibly exist if he never reclaims his old life.