In Nikye in the conquered land of Nesalia, Ozan lives the quiet life he enjoys, running a bookshop and chatting with customers of all stations in life. At least that's what he thought, until unexpected events occur with unprecedented regularity.
The appearance of a new thieves' guild threatens the uneasy peace between the authorities and the criminal element, and Ozan's delicate neutrality.
On top of that, trouble comes into his life in the form of hauntingly beautiful people with the darkest secrets imaginable. Soon, people are dying in the streets, and the secret to survival for a city full of innocents and criminals alike may lie in any of the thousands of books stored in Ozan's mind.
In the Age of Four Empires, distant kings lead distant armies, and bandits roam the land. Always, remnants of a darker age lurk beneath the surface.
This is a 28,000-word short novel.