The story takes place about twenty years before the start of Cinder, when Levana is fifteen years old. It starts on the day of her parents' funeral. Her parents have been murdered by a Lunar assassin who was not happy with their rule. As a result of their death, Levana's older sister Channary is about to be crowned the new queen of Luna. From there, the story goes through about ten years of Levana's life. It gives insight into what has made Levana into the person we see later, her relationships with Channary and her niece Selene, how she became the stepmother of Winter and what exactly lies beneath Levana's glamour.