August of 1883, the volcano Krakatoa erupted with terrifying violence and caused a catastrophe few survived - lucky Tom Turner was one of those few. A Civil War veteran, intelligencer, and former first mate aboard Robur the Conqueror's magnificent airship, the Albatross, Turner was a reluctant Devil. Having escaped the destruction of Krakatoa should have been enough adventure. But not for Turner. Now he'll have to confront the consequences of his past and those who want the secrets he alone holds.
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There's something nasty lurking in the thick fog of San Francisco, roaring in the dark, waiting to be unleashed. Leave it to lucky Tom Turner to have to find out, but first he must evade being shanghaied in the Barbary Coast, destroyed by the murderous ambitions of former Confederate "gentlemen", or punished as a consequence of his own past. Mechanical monstrosities show up on every gas lit street corner and in every suspicious warehouse, threatening the very fabric of his country.
The wild American West was a dream and hope for many, but for some it was a place to die. Lucky Tom Turner has finally run out of the good fortune that kept him alive for so long. Rescue the brilliant scientist, elude the New Confederacy, and escape the Prussians determined to torture him for secrets only he has - that's all his country asked of him.