Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic, and discovered quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before, the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others. Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam. But before Lusam could be taught all he needed to know about his past, his grandmother unexpectedly dies of a fever, and Lusam finds himself homeless on the unforgiving streets of Helveel. Unbeknown to Lusam, the only thing keeping him alive is a promise he made to his grandmother, to always hide his aura, no matter what. Lusam meets and befriends a young thief fleeing her old city of Stelgad, before making a magical discovery that will change both their lives forever, and possibly the fate of the entire world.
Neala's life hangs in the balance as she's forced to return to Stelgad with Skelly and face Shiva's justice alone. Renn, a faithful paladin of Aysha has agreed to help Lusam rescue Neala, but the only way they have a chance of arriving at Stelgad before Neala and her captor, is by travelling directly through The Dark Forest. A forest full of dark magic and dangerous secrets from the time of the Dragon-Mage Wars of old. Lusam finds himself hunted remorselessly by the dark agents of the Empire during his quest to save the newly-found love of his life from her grisly fate. Renn reveals a startling secret that challenges everything Lusam thought he ever knew about himself and his family. For countless millennia the Gods have remained silent, but now they stir once again, and Lusam discovers his destiny may be more entwined with them than he could ever have possibly imagined.