In the city of Isseran, everything is in its proper place. Society runs like a well-oiled machine, but the machine grinds unfortunates between its gears. Slaves and soldiers want more than their masters will give them; rebellion hangs in the air.
Alix Black-Eyes, a former slave with a dark secret, stumbles upon a small band of rebels called the rat runners. They hope to harness the infinite magic of dreams to stop the cruel machine.
To prove herself to the rat runners, she must help her best friend fix a terrible mistake. Can she survive an audacious theft and deal with the terrible secrets she uncovers?