SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO DESTROY SOMETHING IN ORDER TO SAVE IT.
Fleur Sinclair knows this better than anyone when she's launched from barnyards to blue bloods. After a decade-long war staged hundreds of years into the future, North America finds itself severed into four clashing empires. To avoid anarchy in this infernal nation, royal families govern over their assigned territories - the hostile Badlands, the collapsing Vale, the tranquil Bight, and the elusive Glacier.
At eighteen, Fleur reluctantly prepares to marry August Stanton, the Prefect-Elect of the Vale. She watches her parents die, permanently maims her best friend, and unknowingly fosters a rebellion, all as a consequence of a childhood curse.
Told through a testimony threaded by several perspectives, Fleur will have to navigate elaborate hierarchies that a royal world hides while putting her head and heart to the test. Through trial and terrible error, she'll have to choose between her once blissful past and her critically grave future.