Aceria is a corrupt land, under the rule of a tyrannical King, and Fyra, a thief who is more than she seems, has seen the kingdom's suffering firsthand. She has wandered the impoverished towns and cities, running from the past. She saw her mother killed in front of her, and has watched people with gifts like hers burned, drowned and imprisoned. She doesn't believe she has the strength to change anything.
Fyra is keeping secrets: about who she is, her affinity for fire, and the dark forces poisoning the kingdom. When she is caught, and brought to Castle Bluedale, the place she has only seen in her nightmares, she befriends the prince, a charming yet infuriating mystery. But her past comes back to haunt her, and new enemies in the castle bring her nightmares to life.