What if you discovered you'd been sold? For Mason Guthrie, a sudden arrest, railroad trial, and quick conviction for the 'vandalism' of fixing things around his tenement building come as a shock. For Rosa Fuentes, it's just more confirmation that, to Earth's rulers, they're nothing but commodities to be bought and sold. Together-along with Rosa's disturbingly capable AI-they break out and make their way off Earth to start a new, free life. Unfortunately, the folks they stole a billion credits from along the way would like those back.