This short story tells of the fate of Kyrace, forerunner to New Kyre. Due to treachery, the secrets of the sea routes into the harbour of Kyrace have been bypassed, and the port is filled with the ships of the Imperial Fleet, their marines landing to offer death and destruction to the inhabitants of Kyrace. Stormdancers and stormsingers do their best to defend the docks, but eventually Rycon and the other survivors have to pull back, still fighting, only to meet with the traitor, who has betrayed them before. oddly enough, in his ambition the traitor has never considered that, having outlived his usefulness, he might be in danger himself...
Needless to say, there's a love interest, fighting, magic, and some wonderful defence secrets which are only exposed at the very end.
The plot is fast-moving, the battles are exciting and nerve-wracking, the outcome is both terrible and satisfying.
The story is small but well-nigh perfect; another excellent tale from Jonathan Moeller. I don't want to have to wait for more!