Alone for the first time in her life, fifteen-year-old Protector Lady Wynter Moorehawke continues her search for the missing Prince Alberon. But how long can a young woman survive in these bandit infested mountains? And just exactly how many of the King’s enemies are lurking in these crowded shadows? It seems that every tyrant or bully that has ever threatened the Kingdom is sending delegates to meet with the Rebel Prince, and Wynter is increasingly nervous of Alberon’s intentions.
Old friends soon make a welcome appearance, and Wynter finds herself reunited with her dear friend Razi and her beloved Christopher. They join forces and, with Wynter's knowledge of the route, the two men are confident that they shall soon find Razi’s half brother and settle this terrible rift between the King and his legitimate heir.
But where old friends go, old enemies soon follow, and Wynter finds herself confronted with terrible shadows from Razi’s past. The infamous Loups-Garous make a sudden reappearance, and their casual brutality seems certain to end our friend’s journey.
All seems lost, until comfort comes from an unexpected source. Wynter once again finds herself caught up in formalities and politics, but this time of a completely foreign nature. It is to Christopher that Wynter and Razi must now turn for guidance and help, as it is his adopted people, The Merron, who offer them sanctuary in their time of need.