Strange omens in the skies and empty villages speak of otherworldly invasion, but there is no sign of the enemy. The Nemelorean oracles look to an exile for help, but Kariayla has her own troubles in Mystland. Working beneath a corrupted government, she learns there is more to her role than studying ancient magic.
When her daughter, Chara, is kidnapped by her own people, Kariayla reluctantly aligns herself with infamous criminals Wraith and Scorch, who enable her escape from Mystland. Their pursuit takes them to Nemeloreah's border, where the true enemy is waiting. Kariayla learns there is much more at stake than the life of her daughter.
Meanwhile, the White Demon has publicly murdered the Minstrel and becomes entangled in an unexpected journey. Forced to travel with his enemies, he suspects the little girl in their company is more than a mere hostage, and their destination will bring him to a point where the past and the future collide in a catastrophic battle.