Imagine England toward the end of the 18th century, now subsumed by advanced technology.
Three decades ago, a pair of engineers by the names of Briggs and Kleinman discovered how to form a clockwork engine with vast potential.
The application of their discovery began immediately. Before anyone could even register the change, Britain had become a gear-driven nation. Business began to spring up all over, inventing new and exciting ways to implement the technology, making lives more convenient.
After mergers and acquisitions, four companies became dominant in the industry. So quick was their rise that the government was unable to protect against their influence. Soon, the Big Four were the ones truly running the country.
In the midst of all this, along comes Henrietta Casterbridge.
Hattie (as she is known) is on a crusade. These dreadful machines have become far too great a presence in the modern life. Her father knew it, gave up his business in the industry to do his best to limit their influence - but his tragic passing left his daughter to continue in his stead.
In a world where women have no standing, Hattie cares not for her mother's insistence upon her finding a husband but instead is fixated on bringing down the clockwork oligarchy that has England in its gear-driven clutches.
But then there is Mr Somersby...
This handsome entrepreneur always seems to be in Hattie's way, somehow, with his egotistical and sarcastic comments. She would love to be rid of him, of course, wouldn't she?
Of course. Yes, of course.
But together, the two of them make a discovery that could change everything, and their tense situation becomes an immediate danger.
Coming soon: "Cogs and Cognizance". You won't want to miss it!