Dela (short for “Delilah”) comes from a family of psi-talented individuals. Her grandparents founded an agency, Dirk & Steele, whose mission is to discover others with psi powers and provide them with a meaningful outlet for their gifts. Dela never really thought much of her own abilities, which pale in comparison to others in the agency – after all, one of her parents is completely “normal.” But she has always enjoyed her special affinity for metal. Dela is a master blacksmith
Hari is a shape-shifter who was born more than two thousand years ago, trapped inside a riddle box for two millenia by an evil and powerful Magi. He emerges into the modern world as one of the last of his kind – shape-shifters are rare, but tiger shape-shifters are virtually unknown today. To add to his unique characteristics, Hari stands 7 feet tall and is built like a tank. The curse inflicted on him by the Magi has left him a slave to whomever purchases and opens the riddle box. Hari has been forced to fight as a warrior for countless masters. Each master eventually dies, but Hari remains immortal, confined to the box in a deep slumber, waiting for the box to be opened once again by a new cruel, relentless master… until the box falls into the hands of a woman named Delilah Reese.
Long Nu is a mysterious old woman that Dela meets at a dirt market in Beijing, China. The woman inexplicably sells Dela a beautiful and ancient riddle box for just 1 yuan – and then she disappears. Dela soon discovers that there are others who are desperate to gain possession of the box, and she must find the old woman soon to comprehend the history and secrets behind it.
The Magi is one of the most powerful beings who ever roamed the earth, and unfortunately, also one of the most evil. After a member of Hari’s family did not give the Magi what he desired, he cast a powerful curse on Hari – just how powerful, even the Magi did not realize.
This world-class fiddler is known as "Kit" to those closest to her. She is also Dela’s best friend and roommate. Kit is fiercely protective of the people she lets into her life, but some of the troubles following Dela will put her loyalty to the test.