The city of Salvation's Masters own everything-including the bondspersons who serve them in exchange for support and protection. The summer he turns eighteen, Nicolas expects to become a Master and inherit da Silva House. Instead, his mother holds onto power, forcing him to leave. Nicolas seeks refuge with Master Hiro Inoue, his former lover, and willingly becomes his slave. Affection and even passion remain between them while Nicolas is Hiro's bondsman. Yet love between two Masters, natural rivals, will be impossible.
But Hiro's ambitious plan to end the most vicious aspects of life in Salvation gives Nicolas hope that he can also change their society-by transforming their relationship into something new.