In the early morning hours, Ryson Acumen discovers his hometown is surrounded by elves. As roads are blocked and merchants harassed, it appears the town of Burbon is under siege. A swell of energy cascades over the village and creates a magical barrier which prevents any escape. The people of Burbon are trapped.
When the town is completely isolated, the elves finally make their intentions clear. They demand the return of elf essence which is being held within the human wizard Jure. When the wizard refuses to release the energy, the elves vow to employ any means necessary to regain what they insist is rightfully theirs.
Hoping to evade the elves, Jure enlists the help of the delver for a daring escape into the dark realm. Ryson utilizes his unique talents to conceal their trail. With speed, deception, and even magic, the delver manages to stay ahead of the persistent elves. As a costly confrontation draws near, Ryson and Jure attempt to find the one possible solution which will allow the wizard to retain his connection to the elf essence and to honor his memories of the past.