Book I of The Warrior trilogy. Stripped of his rank, exiled Justin Allard is given one last chance to save his honour – by risking his life in the gladiatorial arenas of Solaris VII. But his newest Game World opponent – more skilled at Mech-to-Mech combat than any other rival – raises the stakes even higher. It’s Justin’s own half brother Daniel, lance commander in the dread Kell Hounds mercenary battalion. But Daniel has more serious worries than dealing with his embittered half brother. Princess Melissa Steiner, heir apparent of the Lyran Commonwealth, has been hijacked and the future of the Inner Sphere depends on her fate. Both Daniel and Justin face fierce battles, but in the Inner Sphere, where nobles have schemed for centuries to win the ultimate power, those who interfere with the Successor Lords are sometimes called heroes – and sometimes called victims.