Ti-Dae Pao is a young law student at the prestigious University of Astagar, located in the heart of the Soelanar Empire’s capital city. She attends a lecture on aspects of law that apply to the two most populous intelligent species on Torvus: humans such as herself, and trolls. After class she witnesses one student bullying another and refuses to stand idly by.
Ti-Dae Pao leaves the University of Astagar campus and travels to the largest and most popular shopping destination in the downtown core. Ti-Dae meets with her roommate Claire Adams and together they go to Claire’s first appointment for a vivification treatment.
Ti-Dae Pao meets Scott Laton. Their confrontation quickly spirals out of control and Ti-Dae must find a way to resolve it.
Ti-Dae Pao and Claire Adams return to their apartment after leaving the beauty salon. Ti-Dae decides to question Éric Morneau at school the next day but her classmate doesn’t show. Instead her day is thrown into disarray by the arrival of unexpected visitors.