From the back cover :
...a hostile, frozen planet overrun with warlords and revolution. The once-great dynasty of Starker IV has been destroyed, its rulers murdered in cold blood. But the rightful heir to the throne, Karne Halarek, is still alive -- and still fighting.
Bodyguard to the young Lord Halarek, Egil has only one objective: his master's survival. The most honorable of warriors and steadfast of friends, Egil now faces his most impossible task. Because Halarek will do anything to reclaim hs kingdom... and his warlord enemies will do anything to kill him first.