After the catastrophic conclusion to "The Heart of Varste" Rod finds himself in the worst possible trouble: trapped between two women! The physically frail Firetail and his frigidly furious fiancée (oh, and they're in a crashed airship; with king Attar howling for his head … and other stuff.)
Forced to flee further, Rod is advised to go into hiding. Fortunately the Firetail has friends in low places and Rod is soon an entirely new man: 'Mr Lorange'. Not that a disguise can keep him out of trouble for long. Surprise Twists! Madhouse Capers! A Genius Dwarf! And following like a bloodhound comes the very sinister 'Mr Henche'.
But does Henche actually have a different agenda, and is Rod actually part of the evil scheme? And who is the doe-eyed Miss Alabaste? Is she as innocent as she seems?