The story begins with a young woman named Luditte, a citizen of Citadel City which is under the total theocratic rule of the Copper Hand. Life in The City is tough; the Hand controls everything, resources are scarce and advanced technology is outlawed. And yet, life in the city is still preferable to fighting for survival in the wastelands that surround the last refuge of humanity.
Luditte is forced to cast aside the protection of The City and flee when she is branded a heretic for associating with an AI named Jasper. Chased through the wild wastelands by agents of the Copper Hand, Luditte must uncover answers if she is to survive and perhaps even see a new day rise.