This is the story of a young orphan who is purchased to take part in the most dangerous scam imaginable. Sage has been at an orphanage for years and is only about one year away from being able to strike out on his own, when a nobleman, Connor, purchases him. This is an outrage for Sage. He is extremely independent and self-sufficient. Connor's plan is an attempt to thwart civil war by masquerading Sage, or one of the other 3 orphans he has acquired, as the country's long-lost prince. Sage learns too soon that the losers in this game are doomed, but he doesn't want to be a part of it. In the end, he decides that some prizes are worth fighting for and the truth is sometimes the hardest battle to fight. This was a really solid story. The characters were believable and the story was engaging. I enjoyed listening to it as an audiobook read by Charlie McWade. This title is a current Truman Award nominee and book one in the Ascendance Trilogy.