In Lyarne, refugees are first pitied, then assimilated. Mieshka knows this well. Secure under its Mage-powered shield, the capital city ignores the war that has occupied the rest of the country. Her citizens live normal lives, smile to each other on the street, and discuss the weather. Air raids are little more than a nuisance, bursting against the shield like a firework show. Dealing with the loss of her mother and the withdrawal of her father, Mieshka finds the city's apathy suffocating. She keeps her head down at school, holds her emotions in, and does her best to force down panic. On the day she snaps, she finds out that she has magic. Struggling to understand her abilities, she discovers more secrets about her world than she imagined, and friends in the most unlikely of places.