Long after the apocalypse, Earth has repeopled itself.
The two peoples are not getting along. Meridia's father was Melfar, but he's been gone many years, leaving her as a despised misfit in a world ruled by Mundani. She recently lost her mother as well. Meridia has one friend—Damon, an eccentric Mundani photographer who insists he's able to print pictures of biophotonic images. Or at least he did it once. When Damon shows Meridia a stone he discovered in an old photo bag purchased from a vagrant peddler, she is transfixed. The stone showed her a woman, she says, a dancing woman. And a song. But how can a rock hold a song? Can a song contain worlds? Oblivious of mounting political turmoil, the two set out to find the old peddler, to find out what he knows about the stone, the woman, and the song. But marauding zealots attack and take Damon captive, leaving Meridia alone. Desolate. Terrified. Yet determined to carry on, to pursue the stone’s extraordinary song, even as it lures her into a journey that will transform her world.