The means to find the Ideema Gift fail and Michael believes the search had become hopeless. And the prophecy now includes references to "The Lost" and "The Forsaken." What that portends is lost in the midst of Alowyn's sudden disappearance. And despite his growing powers, Michael cannot find her. Adding to his troubles is a new warning: Beware the N'uru, an ancient Yeddura word meaning "Death."