Drugged and kidnapped, Kalen awakens and finds himself in the Barrera Wilds, trapped in the cargo bay of a crashed flyer. He escape, two steps ahead of a pack of Silvan Wolves. While fleeing he runs headlong people his father suspected of contaminating the Arrisian waterways. Can he overcome his grief over Mayla's loss and warn his friends of the plot?
At least part of the facade most families present to those outside is composed of secrets and lies. Some are more serious and go deep into the bedrock of the family. But all must eventually be faced and resolved if there is to be peace and safety.