Victoria's work with automatons has gained her renown and changed the
face of London. But her concern that the clockworks are taking too many
jobs away from humans, creating social unrest, is ignored. Given the
ugly mood of the underclass, she fears more outbreaks of violence
similar to the murder spree of the notorious Southwark Slasher.
Dash, unemployed thanks to the clockworks, has pledged fealty to The
Brotherhood, a group determined to bring about the downfall of the
automatons by any means necessary. His plan to kidnap Victoria goes awry
when the unorthodox scientist pledges her assistance to their cause.
Despite their opposite social classes, a bond grows between them, and
Victoria begins to feel emotions she never expected for the passionate
Dash. But when the Slasher strikes close to home, Dash and Victoria
realize that the boundaries of polite society are far from the only
threat to their happiness...