Sidika’s just one of four million nulls in the city of Tairithien, toiling her days away in a factory and stealing what time she can for her artwork.
When an enterprising thief hires her to mimic the heritage tattoos of the nobility, she uncovers a centuries-old secret: their vaunted elemental magic isn’t hereditary at all, but given to them by the priests through the complex tattoos. And Sidika can do the same for the nulls.
But nothing is that simple. When the Null Prophet tips the balance of power, the priests and nobles will do anything to right it again–no matter how many innocent have to bleed.