Cassie Roberts is a member of an established sentient rights organization. But when her best friend, a sentient non human, is threatened, she finds her powerful organization is unable to help. They are after all people who play strictly by the rules, so she is forced to seek the help of people who don't. Her quest takes her to the seedy side of town and puts her in touch with criminal elements, but she is relentless, determined to set things right. Despite the costs and the risks she pushes on, and gradually her plans become far more ambitious… more so than even she realizes.