In a world where every person is born an automaton, enslaved to their gears like a clock to time, Nico only wants to be free.
He was disassembled and discarded with the garbage—the kind of treatment a mischievous orphan like Nico has come to expect . . . until the day the clocksmith, Hubert, reassembles his broken mechanics, calling him son. But with Hubert’s rival, Rigar, and Nico’s penchant for trouble, the fragile new family is ripped apart.
On the run from Rigar’s goons, Nico must learn to lay down his pride and accept the help of the invisible Mechanic if he’s ever going to be a real boy. Will Nico escape his own lies and find the freedom to live with a heart of flesh?