From publisher blurb:
“Forget it. It’s all a lie, it’s always been a lie. They’re just trying to get me to come back home. They’ve sent private investigators, a therapist, even my best friend. But they don’t give a damn about me. They’ve been hiding the truth: a dark, horrible secret about who they are and what they’ve done. And that’s why I’m never going back.
Hans is different. He cares. He wants me to be my own person and he makes sure I have what I need. And he can do things you wouldn’t believe, insane things! Setting him free was the best thing I ever did. Now I’ve gotta set myself free of my stupid parents.”
Lily Chow is on the run. She has stolen something from the safe in her mother’s office – a Mythos – and she’s not giving him back. Daughter to a high-flying city official and a corporate executive, Lily always knew her parents were involved in shady business but she never suspected their downtown penthouse was the prison of a remarkable being: Iron Hans. When she first met him, she was horrified; nine-foot-tall and covered in long shaggy hair, she could describe him in no other words save “a monster”. But Iron Hans made a deal with her: if she set him free, he would show her the world.
Since then, they have been running from her parents, who are trying to get her and Hans back. They've been shacking in different dumps and abandoned spaces around the Industrial Zone. The iron-skinned magic-wielding pure-energy churl serves as a bodyguard and as a big brother for Lily, who is both scared and exhilarated by life in this part of the City. Whenever she needs him, she just calls out his name three times and he appears. Hans got Lily to change her rich downtown garb for jeans, a tee, and a leather jacket, but underneath the outfit she is still just a spoiled prince in a wild land.