Lord Micalus Raventower is a genius at creating clockwork creatures and tinkering with steampunk engines, but that doesn’t explain why Atiran assassins are suddenly intent on killing him. Lt. Merriweather is assigned to protect the eccentric young lord, and she soon learns there may be good reasons for the Atrians to want Lord Raventower dead.
Atrian assassins are still trying to kill Lord Raventower. Clockwork giant spiders, glowing women -- family dinner gatherings with the Merriweathers -- Micalus Raventower is not certain even the redoubtable Captain Merriweather and his clockwork creations can keep him safe from all the trouble he's attracting.
King Abertus has a secret and important mission for Mica and Merriweather that sends the two southward to the land of Argine, a place unexpectedly beset by exploding clockwork men. Mica's daring plan might get him on the inside of the enemy camp, but that doesn't mean he'll make it back out again.