Maxwell's sci-fi romance centers on Keim and Jainan, two young men thrown together by myriad circumstances. Kiem, a Prince of Iskat, is told he must marry Count Jainan--reeling from the death of his husband, Taam--both to save his reputation and solidify the future of a treaty with Thea. Together, the pair embark on an adventure to uncover Taam's murderer and smooth relations between Iskat and Thea before war threatens the stability of the entire galaxy. Maxwell does an excellent job crafting characters and setting them loose in a world so vivid it jumps off the page. This is a book that I will be rereading many times, I can already tell.