The Everi, derisively known as fairies, are a people on the edge: despised or feared by other races, poised precariously between the mundane and the magical, between the People and the Enemy. Born into slavery, orphaned like all her Everi sisters, Sarah is forced on a journey that takes her from one edge to another: from the wild lands to the cities, from the clutches of the Enemy to the safety of the convent, from a life of lowly servitude to the very highest echelons of the world she knows, where she challenges the Queen. Throughout it all she struggles with the meaning of what it is to be Everi: stubborn and proud, even in poverty, bound to the People by passion and necessity, and bound by the needs of their daughters, who the Everi cannot raise themselves.
Sarah. A child and a sister, a lover and a wife, a mother and a queen. Through trials that threaten to break her body and her mind, she rises to become a leader who imagines a new kind of future for the Everi, where they are in the middle instead of on the edges, where they are respected and honored. To achieve her dream she will have to fight in every way she can, make allies out of antagonists, and defeat the Enemy that has dogged her whole life- an Enemy who threatens to destroy everything she has achieved.