Mace has spent months trying to find a cure for the poison killing her mentor. Her only hope is Alec, a brilliant scientist hiding on a backwater planet. Months of research is thrown into chaos when Alec's old lover Byron shows up, attempting to claim a bounty that's been placed on Alec's head. With the clock counting down, the trio attempts to solve the poison riddle as they fight their growing attraction and dodge bounty hunters. Byron is unwilling to let Alec avoid their past relationship. Alec is torn between desire for his lovers and guilt about his past. Mace must somehow find a way to bring them together.Bounty hunter, pirate and scientist -- a recipe for passion or disaster.