Mahren’s heritage was once held sacred among the people, now it means certain death. Change comes just days after she learns the real reason she has had to live a lie; hiding behind the guise of a young boy. That change comes in the form of Raiff Finlon, a childhood friend she has secretly loved for the whole of her life. His is a haunted past, and that pain in his soul will set them both on a journey into darkness. Perhaps it is already written in the stars, or maybe it is just a reckless decision that makes him follow her that day. There, hidden among beauty, he finds the lie. Overwhelmed by grief and hurt, Raiff sends Mahren away, hoping to protect their town, hoping to right a terrible wrong… hoping to never see her again.
Johnquil Mason is Mahren’s father. He is not about to let her leave, until she reveals another truth. Realizing his daughter is the one foretold in the sacred prophecy, he believes as so many others do, that she is the only one who can restore the Balance and wield a powerful weapon that can defeat Emperor Kahrus. There is just one problem, they have no idea where that weapon is.
Unbeknownst to John, it may already be too late. Emperor Kahrus has been on a quest of his own. He needs to find the one who holds the power of three. After starting the war with the people over twenty years ago, he slowly destroyed the world of the Sceleste. He killed them all, one by one; stealing their power and merging it with his own. Now that dark power controls him. He needs it to survive; he needs her or the power will consume him. He is drawn to a small town in the North. Instead of finding Mahren, he finds Raiff. Using the connection Raiff has with Mahren, he curses Raiff with a terrible and dark obsession; an unnatural need to find her. Having no choice, Raiff sets out with a group of brutal soldiers to track Mahren down and bring her to the Emperor.
Though Mahren is far from home, she is not out of danger. She continues to keep her disguise. In her search for the weapon, she finds Samuel Thomas; a man with a secret of his own. Certain he is connected in some way, she befriends Samuel, only to find that his business partner, Wilhem, hates the Sceleste, like most people. Yet his anger runs deep with a violent passion. Somehow, she must find a way to get the answers she seeks, while Samuel’s need to help others, along with his mysterious past, draws her to him in a way she cannot long ignore.
When John finds out that Kahrus now hunts his daughter, there is only one thing left for him to do. Tired of running, tired of hiding, it is now time to fight. He must inspire change, by giving the people of their small town the courage to stand up with him and take back all that has been stolen from them. Change is in the air, and it will start with the people of Serhena Valley, a place so named for peace.