Maya and Tim live in a future that is powered by coal, kids over 8 must work for a living, and reality is not what it seems.
Tim’s parents died after an apparently random traffic accident, leaving him alone, and in debt for the medical expenses. Unable to pay, his liabilities were auctioned off to a family who owns a café, where he now has to work until their daughter, Maya, finishes college.
After receiving an unexpected message warning him to check the server logs at the café, Tim and Maya go to meet the mysterious sender, who initially appears to be a bag lady, but is in fact from an old eccentric wealthy Way Station family. She takes Tim and Maya to the disused top floor of the Ashton Towers, where she reveals her involvement in a hundred year old society that is trying to understand the actions of an elusive and dangerous group which has been apparently changing history.
Tim’s gopher server project has inadvertently brought him, Maya and the café under the scrutiny of this organization and the Europa café’s future may be threatened as a result.