The Gilded Cage takes us to an alternate version of Britain where division runs deep and those with magic (Equals) hold all the power. Those without magical abilities are subjected to ten years of mandatory slavery. It's time for siblings, Abi and Luke, to begin their sentence. Luke is sent to a factory town where he joins a rebellion while Abi and the rest of the family are sent to serve a powerful family of Equals. This time of servitude has an effect on everyone and no one comes out the same as they started. Readers will get quickly absorbed in this book one of the Dark Gifts trilogy.