What’s the use of being on Gelion, at the center of the Sevolite empire, if you are supposed to wait around for a tardy chaperon to show you the sights? An impatient Victoria D’Ottawa strikes out on her own, instead. She never intended to break ever rule her chaperon, Amel, laid down for her before he left. She just happened to wind up visiting the UnderDocks and bothering the lieges of Fountain Court. But that was all because of Eler — the fourteen-year-old brother of the formidable Liege Nersal whom she happened to run into proclaiming poetry in a pub. Eler’s love of the literary arts makes him as much a misfit on Gelion as Victoria, but for different reasons, and they quickly prove to be a very bad influence on each other.