Stairs, an average man in his early twenties, embarks on a journey that will alter the course of human history and bend the perception of reality. As Stairs is unwillingly thrust into an unseen world, he questions his grip on reality.
Stairs' nightmare becomes reality as he takes his first step into the world of The Gambit. Stairs meets Brenden, one of his guides through The Gambit, and learns that someone close to him isn't who he seems.
Stairs and Brenden fight for their lives. Meanwhile, the Queen of Pentacles pays a visit to Xerxes. As the intruder is revealed, Brenden and Phoebe scramble to save Stairs' life. Xerxes receives some important information.
Stairs begins to accept his role in The Gambit, and his relationship with Eliza begins to mend. But questions arise regarding his true role. After emerging from the Alchemist's Room, Stairs meets a sexy, powerful member of the Major Arcana.