The book starts out with a girl named Kyra. She’s a thief, scraping by to get enough money to stay afloat. We learn she’s quiet, a good climber and very small and fast. Her friends include her older male friend, Flick. Bella, a woman who runs a tavern who likes to mother her and Flick. And finally, Two little street girls Kyra tries to help from time to time.
The book starts out when a man named James comes asking for her by name, to steal a ruby from the main palace. She tries her best, but finds no ruby. James pays her anyway and then shows up a few days later to chat. There was no ruby, it was a test of her skills. He’s a member of an assassin’s guild and wants her to join.
At first, she doesn’t want to, but she needs the money, so she does. She says she doesn’t want to kill anyone, and they agree, but overtime attempt to wear her down. A first, their gang is a robin hood type group, but then start to get darker.
Not long after, we meet another character. Tristam, who’s a knight (with a weird name) for the city and palace. He’s out riding one day when an attack happens. Apparently, there’s groups of people with large cats (called demon cats) who live in the forest outside the city. Tristam and his friend get involved with dealing with raids from them. We also see the other side of Kyra’s raids and such on the palace from his point of view.
As one can guess, the two are bound to meet.