The machinations of the Dark Faith ignite war throughout the lands of Aeld Gowan. Desperate to marshal allies against the rising foe, Morumus embarks on a secret mission to the distant barbarian peoples of the North. Sinister events force Oethur to risk everything for his queen and his crown. Will he find justice? Meanwhile, agony haunts Urien in the dungeons of the Scarlet Bishop as she faces the loss of everything---even her brother. Will the Ring of Stars be broken. . . or will the Red Order drag all of Acid Gowan into the bosom of the Mother?