Elliot Willoughby is, his peers have long ago decided, a puzzle. What can one make of a man who dislikes dinner parties, keeps only a handful of bioengineered beast-kin servants, and appears to actually enjoy jaunting about on interstellar trips rather than staying at home
and cultivating a taste for gardening? But eccentrics have their uses, as when an inexplicable shortage on the planet Dante threatens the supply of life-extending lazarine.
As for Elliot, he merely hopes that Dante will be more interesting than watching grass grow.
But what seemed a simple case of pilfering proves to run much deeper, and Elliot shortly finds himself tangled in a mass of plots and counter-plots. The infamous and terrifying Red Admiral wants to seduce him. The governor's beautiful daughter wants to sabotage him. His hostess wants to throw dinner parties at him. The one woman whose actions and motives interest him wants only to avoid him. And *someone* wants to kill him.
Still, it's only when Elliot uncovers hints that the beast-kin are on the verge of rebellion that he realizes there is such a thing as *too* interesting....
well, as we all know, this isn't a hook. It's a set up for the novel, but it's not a hook. Usual advice on what to do