In a desperate attempt to save King Jeric's life, Imari drew upon the power from the Tree of Wisdom, hidden deep within the forsaken lands of Sol Velor. But Imari could not have known that by doing so, she would also free Zussa-the Great Deceiver-who had been bound between worlds since the beginning of time.
Thus freed, and now using Azir Mubarék as a vessel, Zussa will stop at nothing to exact her final revenge: to unravel the world as it is written.
With Trier destroyed and so many Sol Velorians and Liagé now under Zussa's employ, it seems the Five Provinces are doomed to Zussa's insatiable wrath. Jeric and Imari's only hope is to return to Corinth, to gather whatever fighting men will help, but Jeric hasn't been home in over two months. He can't possibly know what awaits him there, or if he still has a throne.
Regardless of what they find, Imari soon comes to realize that her particular gifting as a sulaziér is crucial in their inevitable fight against Zussa. The only problem is that her flute-her talla-is broken, and she can't channel Shah power properly without it. Jeric has miraculously discovered a new talla, but using it might come with a price that Imari is not willing to pay.