The dragon that threatened to destroy Talvaard and Oakvalor has been defeated. In the aftermath, Talvaard is engulfed in civil war as generals and politicians seek the empty throne for themselves. The long feuding elven tribes in the Deadlands are being united by a charismatic leader and urged to attack the human kingdoms. Mordum, God of the Dead, seeks to take human form and lead his armies across the land. The Prince of Oakvalor is accused of murdering his father for the throne and must embark on a perilous journey to prove his innocence. In the chaos, Jovanna struggles to find her place. Events unfold that force her to make decisions she never planned on making, and she must decide for herself what path to take. Will the balance of the world shift too far?