Young journalist O’Mara Tanner ‘s world was forever changed by The Expiation, a brutal near genocide that left her society unbalanced and isolated. In her cold unfriendly city, carefully controlled citizens seek solace in The City of Dark Pleasures, a vast riverfront red light district. Those who have lost their citizen privileges are reduced to working there.
When O’Mara is assigned to report on a new service in the City of Dark Pleasures -- one that has been the subject of much gossip -- she’s not sure what to expect. What she finds there only reminds her of all that has been lost in The Expiation.
She meets Tully -- handsome, attentive, mysterious -- who lives like most non-citizen do -- on the fringes, limited to the few base professions plied in the City of Dark Pleasures. But Tully is unlike any “servant” O’Mara has met in the Pleasures. And his extraordinary service is about to allow her to experience a level of intimacy she has only ever imagined.