"He's dead. He just doesn't know it yet."
Mortally wounded, Cylass is abandoned on the battlefield by comrades who would just as soon have him out of the way. But as he waits for death, a strange savior appears. The dancer, Tisha, is so much more than she seems. With forbidden magic she heals Cylass, but also draws the wrath of his former lord, Count Ar-Dayne.
Guardsman and renegade mage are on the run. Will Cylass help Tisha, as she helped him? Or will he do the smart thing, and turn her over to his vicious master?