In the world of The Sundered, Demos and his brother Tomas are Travelers – humans who scavenge the ruined world of black water for long-forgotten and impossibly valuable goods.

Demos has put up with a lot over the years as he followed the Iskinder family on their idiot search for a non-existent Hope because Iskinders always find the best salvage. When Harry’s father went crazy and left, Demos was as comfortable slipping into leadership as into a custom pair of shoes.

Then Harry showed up. Young. Inexperienced. And with more idiot religious fervor than his father and grandfather put together.

Demos stepped aside for now. As long as Harry turns a profit, it doesn’t matter. As long as Harry behaves, who cares?

But Demos hasn’t forgotten who the real leader is.

One of these days, he might just make that clear.