Princess Velas summons Rion -- the Spymaster of Undelund -- to her private chamber in Vettley Castle. Something is amiss in the town of Lindlebrook, a town she is responsible for, and she needs his help.
The pair discuss what could be taking place, could it be a rebellion? A plague? An invasion?
Rion is dispatched to Lindlebrook in order to uncover the truth. What he finds on his arrival changes the course of his life and alters the fate of a nation.