When Katharine Tulman’s
inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric
uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate
to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine
discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a
village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.
Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.
As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it.