The Life of Jian Ciervo
Daniel Jose Ruiz
Jian, a Kindred, has managed to escape the clutches of the Keepers - a race of tentacled creatures that keep Kindred enslaved. Having almost perished in the freezing conditions on the wastelands, he's eventually rescued by a crew of salvage hunters.
The captain of the salvage crew takes pity on him and offers work and lodgings, and Jian slowly learns to navigate life as a free man - a life not without danger as the Keepers send out patrollers to catch and return escapees.
With a thriving legal practice and money in the bank, Jian grows complacent - until he realises that his purpose in life is not only to live his own life in freedom but to help other Kindred do the same.