Acadia has been destroyed by the Empyrian Army. In the aftermath of the attack, Sterling Blackwell has lost her cousin and her best friend, but she's also found a new home and an old friend. Sterling should be happy to have a safe place to rest her head, but the Army knows about her true identity and they won't stop until she is dead.
If Sterling is going to survive long enough to fulfill her destiny, she must leave Acadia and join forces with the Resistance. The leader of the Resistance is eager for Sterling to lead her people in a rebellion against King Silas. The only problem is, Sterling will have to give up the life she wants to ascend to a throne she doesn't desire.