In the wake of the devastating attack on Ilin Illan, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs, finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against Andarra. However, as Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret. Meanwhile, their compatriot, Asha, begins a secret investigation into the disappearance of the Shadows. And Caeden races against time to fulfill his treacherous bargain with the Lyth, and as more of his memories return, he begins to realise that the two sides in this ancient war may not be as clear-cut as they first seemed.