Under the reign of the great Queen Elizabeth, the Empress of Blood, the English empire is stronger than had ever been dreamed of. Aided by Aqua Vitae, the miracle potion, the British army has lain claim to Germany and Russia. By the end of the Great War, all of Europe is a part of the Empire of Blood. In a forgotten corner of the Empire, somewhere in India, there is a rebellion brewing. Pockets of resistance that claim that India belongs to the natives and that the British Empire, based as it is on the blood and swear of the Indian poor, has no right to rule anymore. And Tom Lawrence, a child of the English army, has begun to think the natives might be right. This is the strange, horrifying story of a world gone wrong, a world where resistance is doomed to fail but were it might just be more important than ever.