Mina is a factory slave in a cotton mill with an iron collar and an indentureship to pay up. She also has some strange abilities that flare up during times of high anxiety. One day a girl gets caught in a giant piece of machinery and watching her arm get mangled, Mina panics - something within her snaps and breaks the whole thing, freeing the girl before she can die. But her flare of power does not go unnoticed, and Mina's life is now in danger. The writing in this story has an engrossing style and well developed characters, and there are some dark parts of the story that contrasted with the fantasy aspect. Still, I felt that towards the conclusion things became a little bit predictable and stale plotwise. I think certain things about Mina's past would have been better if they were delved into further (her father, her life growing up), rather than being glossed over, and I was getting tired of the love story - both of the people involved thought themselves unworthy of the other (a point that was repeated over and over much too frequently).