This is not a story of how Loki and Steve fall in love. This is Loki and Steve, abandoned in a world they didn’t ask for, alone, with nothing to connect them to any thing or person on the planet except for the one thing they have in common: Loki’s blood, a Jotun’s blood, that once served as the basis for Dr. Erskine’s miraculous super-soldier serum and protected Steve through seventy years of ice. This is Loki, hiding his weakness and uncertainty with every lie at his disposal, desperate for purpose, and Steve, just naive enough to fall for the smile of a beautiful woman. It’s not love, but it’s a lie worth fighting for, up until Loki ends up pregnant, devastates SHIELD headquarters, and makes off with the Tesseract, determined to make his child Midgard’s new god. As the tentative captain of Earth’s not-yet-mighty Avengers, Steve choses the side of humanity, without giving up hope that he can save Loki from himself and the too-powerful magic of Odin’s lost treasure.