That's the sound of Erin Langley breaking her fist on a crazy old man's face. Erin never thought punching old mages would become a part of her life, but when the city she loves is threatened, Erin will do anything.
When Erin spies the mysterious Mist Walker Matthew Numorid sneaking past the city guards, life changes. Matthew is a tight-lipped, secretive, inattentive weirdo who claims no city as his home - instead, he travels the beast-infested Mist blanketing the world. How Matthew becomes an assistant professor, Erin's not sure. How Erin becomes his unwilling student, well, Erin's always had bad luck. With magic more pyromaniacal puppy than obedient force; with friends that drag her into the middle of a pack of vicious Monsters; and with a summer storm that nearly sweeps her up, what else could go wrong? Now she's the only one who knows the true culprits behind the sudden civil war ripping mage and non-mage apart. When Matthew is arrested and locked up for being the instigator behind the conflict, Erin has no one to rely on but herself to see things brought to order. But breaking Matthew out and stopping the ones responsible is over Erin's head. She'll find herself with a lot more trouble than a broken hand - the kind of trouble that may take her life.