For eighteen-year-old Meri, life has never been easy. With a prostitute for a mother, it’s hard to imagine there’s anything better out there. She spends her time on the roof of her tenement building with a whisky bottle and a boy. It may not be her best life, but when there’s little hope for a future, she takes what she can get.
Until the night she falls and is saved by a gargoyle. He spins an impossible story that she refuses to believe, but when a vicious attack leaves Meri clinging to life, the only way to stay alive is to become what the gargoyle claims.
Meri never wanted to be a hero and will do everything she can to prove that she’s not a worthy heir, including a deal with the enemy that threatens the people she’s duty bound to protect. With time running out, will the Light kingdom of Alcaria fall into Dark Court hands, or can a broken girl finally find the strength to fight for something good?