Jhonate's reprieve from her father has been cut short. She is forced to return home to Malaroo, bringing Justan along with her. The journey she has avoided for so long has become all the more difficult because someone wants Justan dead.
The rogue horse Esmine, a mythical beast of remarkable power, has been captured by a troupe of dwarf smugglers. Tarah Woodblade must gather a group of warriors and rescue Esmine before she is sacrificed, her soul bound to make a weapon of mass destruction.
Evil stirs. Darkness is building. But can anyone trust Xedrion, The Protector of the Grove?