Emery is a simple swordsman from Fahauld, the desert city of Spices and Swords. His life up to this point has been preparing for his profession, almost to the exclusion of everything else. But Emery's talents are above average. Training under his Master, Amward, he comes to the attention of the Satrap. When the Satrap's honor, and the city's honor is at stake, things become complicated for Emery, and he has to decide who's honor is really worth: his own, his city's or his Satrap's.