An invitation from Sir Willard Vorstaten leads the Travellers to Rakken-Goll, a dying cattle town in the middle of nowhere. Instead of the expected job offer the Travellers find a lonely young man desperate for offworld visitors. Sir Willardâ€™s residence is comfortable and he is generous; perhaps the Travellers will enjoy some downtime at his expense? Perhaps he might be a useful contact to cultivate; who knows where his duties as a noble will take him next?
Events around Rakken-Goll overtake the Travellersâ€™ plans. Fire, flood and feuding threaten to wipe out the townâ€™s economy and perhaps even destroy it. Sir Willard has the authority to act and he is eager to do rightâ€¦ but he is inexperienced and indecisive. He invited the Travellers because he wanted to make some friends, but now he needs alliesâ€¦ allies who can help him stop the last train out of Rakken-Goll.