Talin Kanami is a Striker for Mara, the world’s last free nation. She is a soldier who fights against the Karensa Federation and its Ghosts. But when she saves a defector from execution, she must decide whether she can trust him, soon realizing that he may be the key to saving Mara. This science fiction novel is a dystopian tale suitable in a secondary classroom for a class novel study or literature circle groups. Its themes of friendship, motivation, loyalty, and courage may provide critical thinking opportunities as readers follow Talin’s journey to save her nation.