Ascendant Sun : It is eighteen years after Kelric crash-landed his fighter on the restricted planet Coba. Held prisoner by the powerful Mistress of the Great Estates for so long, he has finally managed to make his escape and return to Skolian space. But the land he has returned to is not the same as the one he left behind. The Empire is now in control of the Allied forces of Earth. Alone and nearly penniless, Kelric takes work on a merchant vessel only to find himself once again entering the wrong space. This time it's Euban space, and his worst nightmares are about to come true. Euban is inhabited by the Aristos, humans who use torture as the ultimate aphrodisiac, and they have just made Kelric their slave.