A story set in the fantasy world of Menelon about a young nobleman that has been indentured to law enforcement. He is put on the trail of a poison smuggling operation by his boss, Comissioner Hal Roland. But despite his badge, the young Sultaire, aka the Raven, has not yet given up his criminal ways, and he plays both ends of the criminal string to his advantage.

This is the story that created both Sir Vincent Blackmoore-Sultaire, the male protagonist in The Raven and the Iris series, and Commissioner Hal Roland.)