I tried my hands at an official synopsis, and as I'm pretty new at this, I was hoping to have it critiqued so I can improve. :)
Thanks in advance for your help -- I will gladly pay it forward and return critiques!
In the Empire, a futuristic society where humans and magicians live under a monarchy, a young girl named NYSSA JAIR struggles to pay off her contract with VICTOR LEX, a ruthless crime lord. As a magician with the gift of healing, all she wants is to help the truly downtrodden instead of his thugs.
One night, a desperate ex-Empire researcher named SILAS MAGNATUM arrives at Lex’s. He needs to disappear, and Lex is the only one who can help him do that. Offering Lex the opportunity to have what he always wanted, a device that can separate a magician’s energy from its host for others to wield, Silas proposes a heist into the Empire’s palace to retrieve it. The same night, Nyssa learns that Silas is a fugitive with a million-dollar bounty on his head. When she tries to claim the reward, Lex undermines her by claiming it first. Not only does Lex sets the Empire soldiers on him, he also reneges Silas’s proposal. Unwilling to let the bounty slip away, Nyssa helps Silas escape by commandeering a rental jet, biding her time to bring him in herself.
On their way to Silas’s old friend, who could help them vanish, they get caught in a firefight and their jet crashes. Nyssa loses consciousness, but when she wakes up next, she realizes Silas has saved her and transported her safely, into his friend’s homestead. She learns that Silas needs her as an accomplice for the heist, and Nyssa agrees to help him because it is far easier to betray him in the Empire’s capital away from Lex’s reach. They carry forward the heist during the busiest winter celebration in the Empire and infiltrate the palace, disguised as delegates.
When they reach an abandoned laboratory holding the device, Nyssa rounds on Silas and attempts to bring him in. A magical fight ensues and their activity alerts nearby guards. Silas flees, Nyssa chases after him, and on their way out of the Palace, they run into Silas’s father, a council lord. In a standoff with the guards, instead of capturing Silas for the bounty, he’s taken hostage and Nyssa and Silas’s father are attacked. She recognizes a face within the guards’ ranks as one of Lex’s operatives. As Silas is dragged away, he tosses her the Enigma, pleading for her to seek the commander’s help.
Nyssa works with the commander to understand the extent of the guards’ betrayals. Lex surprises them by confirming their worst fears: he has Silas, and he'd return him in exchange for the bounty – and Nyssa herself. The council agrees, although Nyssa balks. As she discovers inconsistencies between the Empire’s version of Silas’s crimes, his father’s opinion of his son, and her own opinion of him, she asks to speak with Silas privately first. She will only accept the trade only after they talk.
The parties agree, so Silas confides in Nyssa that Lex holds a dangerous secret over Silas, one that if announced, can discredit not only his research with the device, but also the monarch’s reign. The Empire will fall into a political rut and the research will be transferred to a corrupt councilman in league with Lex. The device will then be used to destroy innocent lives, and Lex will benefit from the corruption and chaos and grow even more powerful.
Trusting Silas, Nyssa decides to put her own plans into motion. On the night of the trade, she prepares to free Silas and help herself escape. But when Lex arrives himself instead of his men, she is unprepared. However with Silas’s help, the two of them manage to disarm Lex and Nyssa delivers the killing blow, ending Lex’s life. With Lex gone, the fear over Nyssa’s life is over. There is no contract left for her to pay out, so she decides to forgo the bounty and let Silas walk free.