I apologize for this dreadful and long synopsis. I'm so lost on how to do this for dual narrative. Maybe one of you can point me in the right direction. Thank you!!
For three years, seventeen-year-old TETHYS SERUS has trained with the Acquisition—a galactic militia fighting against space bounty hunters and the conquering Earthers. The Acquisition trades protection and resources for the ownership of land, something Tethys’ uncle never approved of and something that brands her a pirate among the citizens.
After her final trial where she’s forced to behead a bounty hunter, Tethys is granted the title of Captain as well as the ship of her dreams. Though a private gift included a set of hooked blades and a proposal from the Acquisition’s Admiral.
While visiting a neighboring planet to tell her uncle the news of her promotion and contemplative engagement, Tethys captures the exiled Nevean Prince PAN and his friend. The prince crash landed after a close encounter with mercenaries working for his planet’s conqueror, the malicious WENDOWLYN.
Tethys also discovers her uncle’s ship was burned to the ground and he’s gone missing. All signs point back to the Acquisition and a quick call to the Admiral behaving suspiciously solidifies her resolve to turn her back on the Acquisition and search for her uncle with the prince and his friend in tow.
Tethys’ first lead guides her to where Pan and his family were in hiding. There, they find out Pan’s dying mother, a sacred deity of the Nevean people, has been captured and Pan’s sister is too weak to receive the power of her fading mother. With the Nevean’s ability to turn noxious gasses into a breathable atmosphere, Wendowlyn and her army plan on harvesting Pan’s people and taking over the galaxy.
Pan’s only hope to saving his sister and his people is an ancient rite performed on the deadliest, magical island on Nevea—the Dark Isle. The rite will transfer his mother’s power to Pan. Besides Tethys’ uncle’s obvious involvement in helping the Neveans and her growing feelings for the sweetly naïve Pan, Tethys sets out to help, motivated by vengeance. Wendowlyn is not only Nevea’s conqueror but the woman who killed Tethys’ family.
Once on the Dark Isle, they run into a tribe of furry mercenaries which Tethys dispatches, nearly losing her life as the terrain magically shifts under her feet. While recovering and Pan swarmed with giggling fairies, Tethys is lured away by the ghostly figure of her mother. The apparition is a siren’s trap and leads Tethys to Mermaid Lagoon where the siren tries to drown her. Pan manages to follow Tethys there and with her discarded swords, Pan cuts off the siren’s head.
They’re all thankful to be alive and desperate to leave the island, but it’s then they uncover what they’ve been searching for—the sacred tree where Pan will need to perform the rite. But the tree rejects him, wounding him badly. Wendowlyn appears with Pan’s mother, a blade at her neck, and declaring she holds the missing ingredient—a deity’s blood. It’s then Wendowlyn kills Pan’s mother, weakening him and every other Nevean as well as absorbing the power herself. Her interest was never to harvest his people, but to gain their deity’s power. Here all worlds collide as the Admiral of the Acquisition appears, having tracked Tethys to the Dark Isle. He explains a mutiny divided the Acquisition and the militia was overtaken by Wendowlyn’s men, all her chips having fallen into place. Surrounded, Wendowlyn creates a distraction and shoots at Tethys. Pan dives in the way and takes her bullet. He’s dying, but the cave they’re in is crumbling, the entire island in tremors as Wendowlyn becomes unstoppable.
Tethys and the Admiral, carrying a dying Pan, escape the cave and find Tethys’ uncle and her ship waiting on the other side. As Tethys suspected, her uncle was doing everything he can to save the Nevean planet with its unusual and magical occupants. Aboard her ship is Pan’s sister who survived and now has her late mother’s power. Pan’s sister manages to bring Pan back from the brink of death and admits her apprehension at the twisted power Wendowlyn received. Through the magical link they now share, Pan’s sister sees the power driving Wendowlyn to madness. A war has incited and the Neveans along with other private military forces band together for the fight ahead.
Tethys knows they don’t stand a chance against Wendowlyn’s army and decides to fly off on her own to find aid and sabotage as many of Wendowlyn’s forces as she can. But there’s no way Pan would let her have all the fun and together with their new rag-tag crew they sail for a new adventure.