Drothe is a Nose, an informant who finds and takes care of trouble inside the criminal organization hes a part of. He also smuggles imperial relics on the side. When his boss sends him to Ten Ways to track down whos been leaning on his organizations people, Drothe discovers hints of a much bigger mystery. Someone is trying to stir up trouble between lower-level criminal organizations, including the one Drothe belongs to. And theres a book rumored to contain imperial glimmer (or magic) that a lot of very dangerous people seem to be looking for - including two crime bosses known as the Gray Princes. When Drothe discovers the book, he finds himself holding a bit of swag that can bring down emperors, shatter the criminal underworld, and unlock forbidden magicthat's if he can survive long enough to use it.