Family bickering has never been worse--Lassen, Ishtar's cousin, has always coveted Pheliosta's throne. Sharlen uses this to his advantage, creating the ultimate challenge for Darres. Meanwhile, in Ci Xeneth, Falan is researching information for Ishtar when she disappears! Danger threatens Yujinn, Darres, Ishtar and Duzell! Can they find a way for Darres to unsheathe Sidia, find Falan, and escape with their lives?