Seyonne is a man waiting to die . . . He has been a slave for sixteen years and has lost everything of meaning to him: his dignity, the people and homeland he loves, even the power he once wielded as a Warden of Souls.
Now he must bend his knee to a Derzhi Prince, heir to the Empire that wiped out his people and destroyed his life.
As the Empire begins negotiations for an alliance with the savage Khelid nation, a deadly menace stalks the corridors of the Prince's palace. Only Seyonne seems aware of this danger. But can he ignore his years of subservience, put aside his hatred of the selfish Prince Aleksander and raise his voice in warning?
If he does, he will risk his life, but it may save his soul.
As Seyonne's tale unfolds, it is the actions of one man that will determine the fate of an empire.