Patera Silk is a dedicated young auger whose parish buildingsĀ  are about to be sold for taxes. He has made a pact with the wealthy, sinister Blood to get the money to save them. And so Silk has embarked on a quest which reveals to him the hidden secrets of his world, a huge starship illuminated and warmed by the artificial LongĀ  Sun, a spaceship so vast that remote cities can be seen in its sky. Silk travels to Lake Limna and visits a shrine which conceals an entrance to the sub surface passages of the ship, to rooms that contain strange machinery and stranger beings – and to rooms with windows…