On the fringes of the Draconian Empire, an entire planet has gone mad: twenty million Draconians lie dead victims of an ancient, apocalyptic suicide ritual.
Now the Draconians need an archaeologist - and in particular they want Professor Bernice Summerfield.
Female and human, Benny is everything a Draconian distrusts. So why has she been invited to the very heart of the Imperial Homeworld?
As an age-old conspiracy deepens around her, and her own bad memories are disturbed, Benny wonders if she can really trust the Draconians.
And, even worse, if she can even trust herself.