Captured by the crown prince Kei Xander Kei'Oren and Petor Garinsith, Brosen and Treve are returned to Sa'Toret-Ekar to stand trial for their crimes. Xander continues to struggle under the influence of the Seeker, determined to wrest it back from Garinsith and his Mutilators. At the same time, the Resistance has mobilized and is racing to rescue Brosen before it is too late.
Across the Empire the Darkness looms ever nearer to an unsuspecting populace. The world-wide blizzard continues unabated, and a resurgence of the Senna plague begins bringing about unexpected results for the infected. No one is prepared for the transformations that are about to begin.