They’re the scum of America’s pariah service.
The United States Foreign Legion’s washouts, criminals and unsuccessful deserters go into the Black Gangs – labor groups sent at gunpoint to work in places nobody else will.
Reluctant Legion soldier Paul Mullins almost ended up in one. Now he’s guarding them. First priority: prevent escapes. Second priority: maintain discipline. Protecting the convicts themselves comes dead last.
Until a sudden disaster erupts, leaving Mullins, his team and twenty of the Legion’s garbage in the middle of a hostile no-man’s-land. With no resources to speak of, they’ve got to cross two hundred miles of lawless desert. Between them and safety are rebellious aliens, European infiltrators, brutal terrain, and human renegades.
But along the way, a few of the Legion’s worst might just earn redemption…