Silas Ainsley is desperately searching for the Gatekeeper, but the relentless Stühocs are attacking villages, and an assassin is tracking his every move, making it impossible to find the one with all the answers about who he really is.
Meanwhile, after learning that the Dunarian Council has been compromised, Julian Hobbes scours Marenon for the truth about how deep their corruption runs, but the truth will cost innocent lives.
On the other side of Marenon, in the desert city of Voelif, Nalani leads Alric and Coffman in an attempt to steal the orange medallion of power. There they learn of a weapon that threatens to destroy them all.
The war is escalating quickly, and all of them are running out of time.