Jaycee is tiring of the never-ending clashes with Trina in Student Council. An escape into Mallory is exactly what she needs. When she arrives, Lyla learns that Lady Starla has been in contact with an Eastern noble–a noble who claims to have information about Dark Blade. The quest is simple: Lyla and Roger must journey to the estate of Berasta to see whether the information is valid or yet another false lead in the search for the elusive enemy.
Except the quest turns out to be not that simple. After a near-fatal encounter. Lyla is forced to go with plan B.
Now Lyla must once again team up with Galen Lightningstaff to complete her quest. Doing so means learning a new skill: the fine art of alliance-building. A lesson that may help her in the real world and hopefully relieve the tension in the Tanner Student Council, too.