Simon Hunt is a masterful Mage when it comes to knives, solving puzzles, and women. But when a Mageri councilman asks for a personal favor, his skills are put to the test. He reluctantly accepts the impossible job of training a young Learner who is beyond anyone's help. She's beautiful, cunning, and disabled. If he succeeds, he'll receive a hefty paycheck. But if he fails, more is at stake than merely his reputation. Risk is a compelling tale about two lost souls and the unique connection they share. Simon is her last hope . . . and perhaps she is his. What happens when a game of chance becomes a fight for survival?