Tara rescues a girl, sweeps her off her feet…and later wishes she could sweep her under the rug! When Tara meets Najimi, a slave at a desert kiosk, it becomes painfully clear the girl doesn’t like her lot and wants out. Tara and the stressed kiosk owners strike a deal, and Tara uses the credit card Lucky set up for her–to buy the girl! Tara soon realizes the purchase was a very bad bargain. The girl, over-privileged on her own world, is spiteful and foul-tempered. Tara is tested to the limits of her patience. Their only hope is to continue the trek to the next city…if Tara doesn’t kill Najimi first.