Melinda has lofty ambitions, but she is left with no way to pay her college tuition when she gets fired. She jumps at an opportunity to not only pay for her education but to live easy for the rest of her days. All she needs to do is return a stolen violin. However, the task leads her to a strange kingdom that she would trade every penny to escape. She is dragged into a quest to help save the people of this world from their cruel ruler. A tyrant king controls the light, forcing the people of this land to live in a dark underground village to survive. Although this is the most beautiful and wondrous place Melinda has ever seen, it is full of pain--the light, like flames, destroys everything it touches.