A steampunk fantasy of morality, disillusionment and unlikely companionship.
Fleeing his war-ravaged homeland, young Noah arrives in Imperial LaGatta, the city of his boyhood dreams. Vowing never again to fight, Noah earns his wage as a sex worker, but does not know what he wants.
For years his life is sordid and downbeat, his aimless longings repressed by his experiences and the rigidly tiered LaGattan class system. Noah takes a permanent position within an elderly actress’s home, where he meets and loves Penleigh, youngest son of a wealthy LaGattan family, who represents everything Noah felt he should have had: class, wealth, and opportunities.
On the periphery of major events and the Imperial cohort, Noah drifts through Imperial LaGatta’s preparations for conquest of a distant enemy, until the realisation his lover Penleigh will be going to war — and that Penleigh is willing to fight to bring fire back into Noah’s life.