Zeno Abies is suspicious and cynical, traits that have helped her survive under the command of the ruthless Grève Tophet. But her only true loyalty is to her uncle, the leader of a highly organized band of thieves. Sent as her uncle’s trusted spy to find out every secret of Tophet’s Red House, she is thrilled to do something interesting—and dangerous—for a change and determined not to disappoint him. But when she discovers more than she bargained for, she finds herself deeper and deeper within the tangles of Tophet’s empire, where everything is treated like an elaborate game and everyone has something to hide. As she plays this game that turns all too real, Zeno struggles to maintain her old allegiances and make it out alive with her stolen secrets.