The city of Loreto, hanging in the atmosphere of Jupiter, has seen better days as a trading port. By the late 22nd century,
it's become a hive of borderline illegal activity, but also a magnet for bohemian types from across the Jupiter colonies.
Ashton Lang, a psychically gifted scholarship student from Europa, is looking forward to spending her summer working in the
city - until her only friend there, struggling artist Winter DeMattis, receives a grant and disappears off to Io, leaving
Ashton to fend for herself. Winter is on Io to research a dull public commission, but the trip will change her life irrevocably.
Meanwhile Magic Alex - a minister in a church which worships The Beatles - is trying to find who has framed him for the murder
of his blackmailer, a quest which brings him into contact with artificial savant Tomas Darrell. Tomas is new in town after
losing his job on Callisto, but in Loreto he finds a new purpose: proving his suspicion that the entire city is doomed.