(Artwork by Somsara)
A childhood accident that left both her hands with third degree burns had the unusual side effect of giving effervescent ANNI RUSSELL the ability to communicate with another person's qi, or life force, with her fingertips. By her mid 20s and with the support of her mentor SOO-HYUN, she's become one of the most sought-after acupuncturists and herbologists in Los Angeles, but when a wealthy MOTHER brings two pale CHILDREN in who haven't spoken for weeks and Anni is unable to find any qi in them whatsoever, she discovers a new power in her acupuncture needles- the ability to pass her life force into others. Can she save the lives of the children, or more to the point, can she find where their lives have gone before giving too much of her own life to save them?
"Her needles pierce more than skin."