All is not well in the New Order of the World.Descendants of river spirits of Stratford-upon-Avon, a colony of wingless creatures lives by the letter of the law in the trunk of a twisted elm. But when the reptilian Chief Justice Bitterroot seizes power of the Upper Office, he seeks to crush all opposition.Only Indigo defies him. When secretly she is detained by the SF2 and thrown into the Root System, her innocent friend is convicted of her murder and that of Martine the mantis, her fierce protector. Only by facing their fears, can Thistle and Indigo courageously trump the tyranny of Bitterroot. Only then can they discover their true nature and restore to the NOW its vanishing rights.