Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. But she is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city.
Rafe Adova lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no real ambition - until the night he helps a girl names Corene, who looks like she's stumbled into the wrong bar.
Josetta is fascinated by the man who has helped her sister. Rafe is unlike anyone she's ever encountered - someone seemingly devoid of elemental blessings.
Rafe is also drawn to Josetta, but when he is assaulted by foreign mercenaries and the reason behind the attack is discovered, Rafe and Josetta realise that the truth could endanger not only their newfound love but also their very lives . . .