The sprawling mess of humanity that has consumed the world—known simply as the city—is controlled by Jonathan Small through the monolithic entity of Small Beginnings. Although a young man, Jonathan Small is dying. He has, however, one remaining ambition in life. To kill his father, Rye, whom he blames for the death of his mother. To lure Rye out of hiding from the City Beyond (the name given to the outer universe), Jonathan Small allows his paranoid grandfather, Grand-daddy Small, to escape from the imprisonment he himself imposed and unleash his secret mercenary army. During a single night, their conflict engulfs the seething city. An army of mercenaries and the Small Beginnings trooper forces battle furiously among the soaring high-rises and dirty alleyways. As the fighting brings down the energy network, causing blackouts to ripple through the city, the façade of civil law and order collapses. The Rones, the human’s perfected but emotive robotic slaves, seize the occasion to rise up against centuries of oppression. The newly awakened Reapers, sentient plant creatures born of disastrous long forgotten experiments, also return home seeking to reclaim their stolen birthright. In the midst of the city’s end, an array of ruthless individuals pursue their own ambitions, including the city’s greatest assassin Tough Love, the pilot First Dog, the rone leader Attic, the immortality seeking Rone-gods, the banished preacher Clergy, and the ancient Arch-rone Temper. Jonathan Small’s desire for revenge against his family drags them all to a final bloody showdown beneath the Hale Sea. As night falls, humanity rules. As morning arrives, humanity is in deep trouble.