Nicholas read the reports over and over again. His uncle Jasper and the fabled Orphic, General Mara, were engaged. He couldn't believe his eyes. Every detail painted a more intricate picture of his uncle. The friends he made and the sacrifices he faced with Mara every single day to prove their worth and belonging. As he read on, the story became sadder and sadder. He had so many feelings that were ripped from him. He had one person to fight for. And he was ripped from her too.