It begins in the realm of the Real, where matter still matters.
Lededje Y'breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing
witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust
for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her
freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put
things right she will need the help of the Culture. It begins in
the realm of the Real. It begins with a murder. And it will not end
until the Culture has gone to war with death itself.