On Kanasum, a world steeped in rituals and ruled by mysticism, Sayana Nakamura is a virgin daughter of a great house -- and she has the silver eyes and indigo hair to prove it. Yet the Nakamura name is tainted by bad luck, so her family is shunned by the superstitious people of her planet.
Tradition dictates that Sayana commit Sun-dak-cho, an honorable end for a shamed woman of genteel breeding, but she refuses to abandon her young siblings to the same fate. Aboard the casino ship orbiting her home planet, she must do the unthinkable -- sell her virginity to the highest bidder in a sex auction. It is the only way to earn enough credits to insure her family’s survival -- even though she will be forever branded Xaichan, or Outcast, when she returns to Kanasum.
Caleb Joiner is an ex-smuggler with time to kill and money to burn, which is how he ends up on the casino ship. He’s drawn to Sayana’s delicate beauty but it’s her fierce courage in the face of adversity that wins his heart. He tries to talk Sayana out of auctioning her virginity, but she is determined to follow her destiny. What can Caleb do but follow... wherever fate leads him!