The world of the Ninth Archive is a futuristic fantasy where plague has shattered the old regimes and long-hidden forces shift in the turmoil. The fates of three gifted teens become entwined. A musician and a hacker, sisters in dystopian Shanghai carve out a life from chaos. A solitary boy in the darkness of Antarctica listens closely to a voice from under the ice. Each will discover how many layers lie beneath the surface of reality.