"I didn't know you had it in you to kill in cold blood,” Leta said as she stepped beside him. RF-13 gave her a brief glance before answering, "I would cut down anybody who tries to lay their hands on my family without a second thought. Funny how the ones we love bring out the monster in us.”- an excerpt RF-13 quits the Armed Forces Academy upon hearing that his step-father plans to trade his younger sister into the Bonds System, a legalized slavery catering to the rich and the powerful. To save the ones he loved, RF-13 reluctantly consents to join the 8 Trials, an elite tournament vying for the hand of Princess Ariadne. As RF-13 wades through deep waters, schemes and secrets tangle and untangle to find himself 8 Trials Deep.