Cherry-juice, clocks, windup cats, wicked fountains, traitors, queens, headless rabbits, twists and reversals...a steampunk adventure!
Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the girl who inspired the Alice in Wonderland books, has all grown up. She is married and has three rambunctious boys, an excellent husband, a wonderful house.
A good life.
Why, then, does she regret never having gone through the painting that the Reverend Charles Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll, gave her for her wedding?
When she touches it, the pigment melts away and a portal opens--to Wonderland. But she always turns back.
Meanwhile in Wonderland, a terrible curse had been inflicted on the inhabitants. For half the day, they are banished to the opposite side of Wonderland, where everyone is made of clockwork and forced to work until sunrise, winding the Master Chronometer that powers them all.
And if they don't? The entire world, and everyone in it, will wind down.
And if they do?
The same thing is going to happen anyway. Because the Master Chronometer is breaking down, and only Alice can save it...