The wonders of genetic engineering in a dystopic galaxy led to the creation of Paladins to protect the weak. Lost in the galactic upheaval of a disintegrating empire, Paladins disappeared. Kiku, a genetically enhanced female warrior is blithely ignorant of her abilities and Paladin’s legacy. Connecting with an off-world, naive young starship officer changes her life forever. Connecting to a 2500-pound war dog leads to recognition of her abilities and the responsibilities they entail. Together the three vow to save Kiku’s planet from greedy opportunists.