The town of Vendelle is dark and dirty, and a cloud of smoke and pollution lingers over it every day. Between its narrow streets a dysfunctional assortment of drunkards, thieves, sexual predators, and teenage troublemakers with odd magical powers run amok. Theo, a child of the worst Quarter the town has to offer, is one of those queer teenagers, blessed with one of the rarest of the descended abilities. Using his affinity, he listens to whispers of the dead and pieces together their stories of a curse that has forsaken the town for centuries, and of a girl who will be able to break it. When the time comes and the girl of prophecy reveals herself to him, Theo takes it into his own hands to make sure that Vendelle is freed of the darkness that afflicts its skies and its people, once and for all.