Summary of Dice and Discards: A Companion Novella to Sand and Silver: Joe had always been “Just Joe.” The worst that had ever happened to him was losing his family’s support because of his sexuality, and falling in love with a rich man’s live-in boy toy. Then he met Sterlyn “Silver” Schneider, who called him by his full name and invited him to the seedy underworld that was taking contracts out on people’s lives. He offered to teach Joe how to steal the lives of those who hurt people, while unintentionally stealing Joe’s heart. Going from “Just Joe” to the right hand of an infamous hitman is no small feat, and many ask themselves how a man as insidious as Sterlyn could gain the loyalty of someone so unassuming as Johanan Jeffers. Before Sterlyn ever laid eyes on his eventual captive Dusty, he’d already taken Joe prisoner.