Imrhien has braved a world of faery folk and other creatures of legend to elicit the help of the healer, Maeve One-Eye. Though her memory remains clouded by sorcery, Imrhien must take vital news directly to the king-emperor. But the king is not at court - he and his armies are facing unhuman forces far to the north. And when evil wights follow Imrhien even to the royal sanctuary on a hidden, mystic island, she must accept a horrifying fact: she is the real target of the monstrous attacks. And she has no idea why.