Kathe Koja’s compelling new novel returns to the dangerously seductive world of Under the Poppy, continuing the passionate play of Rupert and Istvan, heroes who can never truly escape their past. As their lives intertwine with a young blue-eyed fortuneteller, a foxy street sharpster, and a poet from the provinces come to this city on the brink of combustion, the promise of the Poppy is played out to the tune of The Mercury Waltz.