Kaden Omiir, prince of Barra-Dohn, has survived the collapse of his city and his empire. Now he, along with his family and a small group of other survivors, have chosen to join with the nomadic Amhuru in opposing the Jin Dara, who has satisfied his thirst for vengeance against his familyâ??s ancient enemy but found a new purpose in life â?? taking all six fragments of the Golden Cord for himself. Kaden and the Amhuru face a difficult choice, whether to break their own laws and risk the perilous trip across the Madri into the Northlands, where they might find aid from their Northland brothers â?? if they can survive long enough to explain why they have come. Meanwhile, a dangerous seed of treachery is growing in their midst.