Few things have gone as planned since Emethius and Malrich set out to find a cure for the Blackheart. Their horses are gone, their supplies are dwindling, and they are being hunted by an unknown enemy intent on ending their quest. Now, the hardest part of the journey lies ahead. To reach the mysterious sorceress who has the cure, they must pass through the Cultrator, a land controlled by servants of the Shadow.

Meanwhile in Mayal, Leta Benisor has uncovered the real reason her brother rebelled against the throne. Unfortunately, this knowledge has brought with it a powerful foe. The gods have dispatched a shadowy figure known as the Gray Prophet to keep Leta from exposing the truth. Leta now faces a stark choice: reaffirm her loyalty to the gods, or finish the rebellion her brother started.