Teenage Rixa Storms is suffocating under her mother's "reverse persecution." The more her mother forces her to worship, the stronger her disdain echoes. She's counting down the days until she can flee to college and never look back, but freedom seems to arrive early when she stumbles across University Heights, a library-in-the-sky world where she can learn to harness elemental power. She is assigned two Guides to aid her studies in Elemental mastery: Azurre, responsible, by-the-book, and always concerned with impression, and Charon, aloof, prideful and considered the Black Sheep by the rest of University Heights.
Rixa soon discovers cracks in the portrait of ‘freedom’ this world represents when she uncovers the oppressive skeletons the school works hard to keep buried. The prejudicial nature of this alternate dimension erupts into a dangerous chaotic spiral where her real and surreal worlds collide. To emerge victorious, she’ll need to reassess what is truly shackling her, and face years of emotional suppression, or risk losing control of her newly awakened abilities.