It's 1888, and 17-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy family. But she quickly learns the family has big secrets. Magisters (magicians) have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers is developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister, but it seems like the children's young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family's life. Soon she realizes she's uniquely positioned to advance the cause. But to do so, she'll have to reveal her own dangerous secret. This fast-paced alternative history features a strong, spunky heroine plus lots of intrigue and romance!