Charlie Hall lives in a world full of magic. Shadows can be altered for entertainment, but also for power, influence, and prestige. Manipulating shadows has a cost, taking hours and days from your life. Charlie, a low-level con artist, has tried her best to distance herself from the underground world of shadow trading. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she's forced back into a world of utter chaos. Determined to survive, she must untangle a mess of secrets and murder, of shadow thieves, of doppelgängers, and of her own sister.