In this urban fantasy, a future San Francisco is under siege. King Elvis wants to steal its secrets, mysterious outsiders want to expel its citizens, an ancient and sinister Force threatens to devour their souls. Salvation rests on the shoulders of "merlin" Taco Del and his unlikely allies—a red-haired Chinese girl, a ghostly tribe of Mission Indians and a small fir tree named Doug.
Anala Nadim is a free woman until she travels to the planet Mehtar to procure supplies for her father's mining operation. But in the teeming capitol city of Kasi, a twist of fate enslaves Anala to the Lord Prince of Kasi—Jaya Sarojin. So begins a tale of greed, betrayal, political intrigue and love that pits Ana and Jaya against the powerful forces of caste, custom and corruption.