War. Magic. A lover's betrayal. A dark secret lies beneath them all.
Each year, Democryos sends his brightest student into the war-torn countryside to work magic. But when his wife leaves him for a mysterious stranger, he finds his own life ravaged.
Forsaking the comfort of the citadel, he searches for her, traveling through the same forgotten lands where he sent his students. Along the way, he befriends an elusive member of the king's harem, a holy man harboring guilt, and a maimed soldier. Together, they stumble upon a key--not only to the war, but to understanding the magic of voidance itself.