One year after escaping the Sable City, Tilda Lanai and her friends are living within the Empire of the Code, but the darkness is never far behind them. The sorceress Nesha-tari is still locked in a civil war for the vacant throne of Ayzantium, and across the Channel the man now known as John the Red is ready to open a new war on behalf of the five dragons called the Gunnak.
John crosses the Channel at the head of an army, and the spark fired in the desolate hills of Ayzantium roars toward a conflagration intended to burn across all the lands of Noroth. The Gunnak mean to destroy whatever cannot be forced to bow - be it kingdoms, empires, or people quietly settling down after all they have been through.
This may not have been a good time to start a family.