Iris grew up on a pedestal (figuratively of course). Being the daughter of the great Duke of Aviena, no one dared to approach or challenge her. But this night--sometime in her fifteenth year--the god of thieves, Guidgen, comes to her as she sleeps. Guidgen captivates Iris with tales of cleverness and trickery, and sets her on her journey to become a thief as talented as Guidgen himself. Her first raid ends in disaster, as she mistakes a young thief's home for that of a wonderful opportunity.The thief, catching her in the act, informs her that she has broken the Code of Thieves and is therefore subject to his mercy.