In this Italian children's classic, a lonely toymaker named Gepetto creates a small wooden puppet who magically comes to life. In a series of mischievous adventures, Pinocchio thinks he can get by on a variety of clever lies and tricks. There is one problem: his nose grows every time he tells a lie. One way or another, the truth always comes out, and Pinocchio finds out that lying does not pay.
He is an off-world assassin, a genetically enriched 'catjob.' But tonight, he is on the run for his life. His name is Nickerson, and he has come to the most dangerous place in the universe: Earth. Beneath the city streets he finds a maze of an underworld, where only the brutal survive. He finds BlaqJaq. Young, beautiful, a 'street-muscle' who has survived his hostile native environment by always being the strongest, by avoiding attachments.
An army of soldiers and magicians has poured out of the north on its quest to unite the city-states of Isthmus under Felk rule. But with conquest comes rebellion, and there are those who won't be taken easily - by magic or by sword.
The legendary warlord, Dardas, died more than 250 years ago. Now, his spirit lives on in a host body, resurrected by a magician to lead a conquering army across the city-states of Isthmus. But there are military scholars familiar with Dardas's tactics - scholars who may hold the key to stopping his army.