Crisis is opportunity.
Finally released from the orphanage in which she grew up, and her slavery at the adjoining textile mill, Nell is adrift in a world she knows of only from hearsay and tales. Unwilling to return to the workhouse as an overseer, she seeks employment from the rulers of her squalid hamlet - the sorcerous nobles who rule from a spire of steel and stone, a tamed storm swirling around its tip.
An improbable run of good luck later, Nell finds herself owner of an airship, charged to deliver a keepsake to the former captain’s family, and guarded by the Herald of an Infernal House.
Nell wanted freedom. Now she has to live with it.