Toranih would rather have a sword in her hand than use her powers to heal or throw fireballs, and as a result, her magic skills are lacking. But when the kingdom's magic is stolen, she's one of the few whose powers remain. With the looming threat of an army of shadows who are impervious to mortal weapons, she must either adopt her neglected responsibilities as a mage or watch her home perish.
When Toranih is captured by shadows, her best friend, Daernan, is left to defend the city from the invasion. But his only methods of stopping the shadows are by fire and the devastating magic of the shodo'charl. With the knowledge that the shadows are innocent townsfolk forced to do a warlord's bidding, Daernan must choose between saving the shadows or saving those who have not yet turned.