To defeat the unimaginable, they must endure the unthinkable.
Few of the people on Planet Mitan know that their future rests on very precarious foundations. A terrifying species holds the Mitans in thrall, and only a yearly tribute-part conscripts, part volunteers-secures the fragile peace with the sinister Ungrich. Nobody knows exactly what the alien creatures want with the Mitans, but the Mitan military and the few survivors of the underground ordeal have developed a training program. It's brutal, even horrific, but effective.
Commander Rehz Akran is determined that his trainees, willing or otherwise, will learn everything necessary to survive as Tributes. If he can't force them through training, no one can, and he's prepared to use every filthy, dirty trick in his arsenal to secure complete obedience . . . and the survival of his species.