These 2 have a 31 year age difference. They are not lovers nor are they father and daughter. Who are these people?
They are both humans but even that can be argued because Gezka is 100% genetically engineered and all of her ancestors going back 1000 years were also engineered to make the breed heartier for survival in regions of space where humans would otherwise not survive. Her parents are Generals, so she has a high status military family. She was born into an insulated military life and was first deployed for full time military service at age 15. At the beginning of the first novel in the series, she has reached age 23 and is on the verge of being field promoted to infantry Captain as her Empire strives to take control of yet another mineral rich moon with sustainable human colonies.
Kiel Bronson is from Earth, the birthplace of humanity. He has a skin tone which is dominant in about 1/3rd of the Earth when he was born: a mixture of the ancient ancient Caucasoid and Negroid groups mixed together for 1000 years. There is supposed to be a letter that looks like an o with a slash through it – like the null symbol, but that depends on the alphabet options. He has spelled it with and without the special Scandinavian letter. On Earth, the ethnic blending continued and so much of what is normal to the Earthlings of Kiel’s era was rare a millenium earlier. Space colonization and high speed transport were credited for most of the changes. Kiel is a strong man, a little smarter than most people but not by so much that he feels like a Circus Freak. His parents are not people he shares information about. No one knows why not. Perhaps it is just that he is 52 years old when the story begins and he is not attached to his childhood background.
What brings them together? If there is any such thing as luck in the universe, or a benevolent God/ess then that is what brings them together.
Single, out of town…in a bar – ready to be set up for a date, no doubt, but here a man with an eye for military equipment as well as for women spots what looks like a giant young woman soldier from a foreign Empire – one he has heard of, but has not had any dealings with.
Sexier to an Earth man than most Klingon women, but rough tumble and built for war – not made for table dancing, the giant young woman has already run into trouble on her own. Blood already on her hands – the only one in the place crazy enough to approach her is Kiel.
Instead of a steamy one night stand, they end up on the run, hoping to escape before being caught by Station security.
The Emperor of Ice is missing one of his soldiers.