Tel, the blacksmith's son, was a Two until someone stole his father's tools, livelihood, and dignity. No longer able to live among the craftsmen on the second terrace of the city, Tel's family is consigned to work as day-laborer Threes in the squalor of the third terrace. Seeing his mother in poverty is hard enough, but seeing his father broken is too much for Tel to bear. But the Lu is coming. Tel has one chance - in the ancient ritual battle of the classes - to win back his family's honor. And he will do whatever it takes.