For the first time that she can remember, Maya Stark is beginning to feel like a normal teenager. Even with her mother in jail for drug possession and her pop-star father away on his comeback tour, Mayas new life with her uncle Allen and cousin Kim is coming together. Summer vacations just beginning, and with a new job, a new boyfriend, and a new car (hybrid, of course), things are finally starting to look up.
When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monsters footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.
Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettlingand forbiddentalent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascars hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secret. Auralias gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.