Times are truly desperate within Averalaan's hundred holdings, and
Jewel MArkess and her den are finding it hard to survive. Then suddenly
their mentor Rath orders them to avoid the ancient Undercity beneath
Averlaan's streets, cutting them off from their main source of income.
Yet Rath himself refuses to heed the warnings of Jewel's seer dreams.
Instead, he allies with the mages of the Order of Knowledge in a secret
war against demonic foes, knowing he'll be targeted for death-or worse.
In a last attempt to protect Jewel and her den, he writes a note of
introduction to the head of House Terafin-the sister he's sworn never
to contact. For only within then Terafin manse would the den stand a
chance of escaping the unnatural forces reaching out to claim them...