In an alternate 1930s, steam-powered robots (“Steamers”) live and work among the humans. They have learned to be invisible, but not everyone trusts them. Sometimes, things take a nasty turn.
Dexter Tremane, bank robber, has an easy means of escaping the police: meet his girlfriend near an old estate. But when he gets there, she’s gone. Kidnapped, if the grooves on the ground are any indication. Now, Dexter plunges into the forest to find his missing lady never expecting to find what he did.