After seeking a position as a maid, she encounters a strange creature in the mysterious rural community of Golden Lake. Her would-be employer strikes her a deal: if she can wrangle the creature (she is, after all, a trained swordsman) she'll be paid an entire month's wages in advance. She accepts, takes care of the threat and soon learns the problem is bigger than she thought it was. A lot bigger.
Samaire begins to see opportunity (dollar signs) before her eyes. She contacts her husband, and explains the community needs her help, their exciting lives might return and oh yeah, people are willing to pay.
A quick assemblage of a team later, Samaire and company journey back to Golden Lake. It doesn't quite go as planned.
Morning to Moon provides examples of:
- Action Mom: Zinnia, whose penchant for thrills seem to come a bit before her maternal side.
- Career-Ending Injury: Samaire lost her left arm, which put an end to her role as a bodyguard.
- Combat Medic: Zinnia is a medical doctor, and implied to be pretty good with a sword herself.
- Combat Pragmatist: Samaire's main goal is winning, as evidenced when she tricks the assassin to capture him. She even says herself she's not there to provide morals.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Ashe.
- Dual Wielding: Linden insists on carrying his two swords. One look at how he uses them and you can understand why.
- Genius Bruiser: Ren is bigger, stronger, and quicker on the uptake than most of the cast.
- Handicapped Badass: Samaire does not need two arms to kick your ass.
- Immune to Bullets: The "slugs" are said to have a bad case of this as well.
- Non-Idle Rich: It's implied that Ashe's family has more than enough money to allow Samaire and himself to live comfortably, were they willing to accept it.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: The "slugs" range from looking like giant insects to four-legged creatures, from slow-moving and easily killed to those quicker than a human that spit acid.
- Town with a Dark Secret: Golden Lake seems to have its fair share of problems.