While Demitra struggles a rebellion against the Exaltarch, her young son, Arrant, struggles with his own inadequacies. He belives himself rejected by his father, and is alienated from his mother because of her relationship with her one time slave, Brand.
While Ligea struggles to start a rebellion against the Exaltarch her young son Arrant struggles with his own inadequacies. He believes himself rejected by his father and is alienated from his mother because of her relationship with her one-time slave Brand. At the same time he is unable to control his own Magor powers predictably Arrant's only companion is his half-brother Tarran a member of the Mirage Makers who has little idea of what it is like to be human. This unlikely pair do their best to grow up in a changing hostile world but when the Ravage once again threatens the Mirage Makers Tarran disappears. Without his brother Arrant is vulnerable to the plotting of the Brotherhood and Falmon. He is tricked into placing Brand and his mother in danger. While Demitra and her son have the power to save themselves - and each other - the price they will pay for their lives may be too high.