In a time where genetically engineered beings, or gebs, are so common they have their own civil rights movement, how can one possibly be looked at with fear? Easy. Be a new type no one's heard of.
Jackal never knew she was a geb until she was adopted by the Mad Dogs, a street gang aspiring to be a mercenary team. Now knowing she's the only "Feral" geb not under military control, she's faced with the word at every turn.
Ten years old and she's been branded as dangerous thanks to the animal DNA that was used to make her. It's why the school doesn't want her. It's why other street gangs think they'll earn status by taking her down. It's why the Mercenary Guild fears her possible damage to its reputation.
It's why the Mad Dogs are given an ultimatum: get rid of her or let their certification test rest on her. The test? Successfully guard a threatened girl, Lily, for one week, and the team will pass. They'll even help her get into school so she can complete the job.
But when her new charge tries to flee, the mission implodes into a web of lies and corruption. Jackal must draw on everything she has to help the Mad Dogs get Lily to safety.
Before they're all branded as something else.