Stonewood is a rich city with a thriving criminal underground full of thieves and sneaky assassins. But these aren't your run of the mill thugs. They are members of a secret society of low-lives known as the Thieves Guild, and they don't let just anyone into their ranks—just ask Harcourt, a man who desperately wants membership in order to save the love of his life. In this fantasy romp, Hayes's characters are well developed and his plotting intricate and entertaining. Hayes's prose is simple and straightforward and the result is a thrilling tale of love, loss, and the need to fit in.