In this world, some countries have knights, and some have dragons. Roesia has bureaucrats, social climbers, and magic. Bounded by the sea on one side, superpowers and (supposedly) less advanced countries on the other, Roesia struggles to progress politically and scientifically. Moral improvement is left to each individual's own devices. Aristocrats, ministers, police, criminals, and the rising middle-class tread their own (and occasionally treacherous) paths to new identities, romantic relationships, and redemption.