A story of Tetsu, a gay miqo’te youth, and his adventures. Tetsu, a former shipboy who became an apprentice to the Ulda'h scholar Danglo Bangloss, travels with his master to Ishgard, where he gets involved in a series of tumultuous events. Being robbed in a backdoor alley and rescued from his predicament by Karl Hardenberg, a professor of Ishgard University, Tetsu starts attending University courses and meets new friends – as well as new challenges. Never has his life – dull and uneventful back when he scribed for Bangloss – been so hectic yet, at the same time, exciting! However, a shadow of the past is cast upon the clueless and easy-going catboy, and the events take a dangerous turn.
Doctor Bangloss, Tetsu's master, is an Ul’dah scholar, a lalafell of "preservative views" and high popularity among his followers. A member of the political faction of preservists, he believes that “Hydaelyn is the best world of all the virtual and real worlds that have ever been or will be” and is determined to uphold the noble Hydaelyn traditions. Preservists are in an endless fight with the faction of changists-alterists – despicable scoundrels, as Dr. Bangloss calls them – who always try to change something. Dr. Bangloss believes that changists-alterists are members of a hidden cult, conspiring to destroy Hydaelyn.