Clementine is a pure chase novel. The main story is the cross country chase of a stolen dirigible, using, naturally, another stolen dirigible. Her lead characters really make the story, especially the female main character, Belle Boyd. She's smart and capable, but not anachronous. There is some world-building in the short novel, (more if you were lucky enough to also receive the bundled short "Tanglefoot," which I HIGHLY recommend,) this story is really about this single adventure, the pursuit of the Clementine. Clementine is labeled as "The Clockwork Century #2," and although it is part of a larger whole, it doesn't suffer from reading out of sequence. Priest tells her story, whole, and if you read in sequence, you'll have a somewhat richer experience of the tale, but the previous story is not necessary to the enjoyment of this one.