Three countries stand at the brink of war, and an unseen force is laying waste to one. The only person who can save them is The Rose of Nerine, but those who need her can't find her.
Adrastine is a woman who must decide whether revenge against her depraved father is more important than saving her world. When her plot for murder fails, a spy and wielder of magic, Jacob, aids her escape, but he demands a favour in return.
Kerwyn is a vagrant, an ex-seeker, a man who has made mistakes and is ready to die. Unwittingly caught up in Adrastine’s flight from her father, now his family is in danger. Seeking redemption, he journeys with Jacob and Addy to find his family and kill Radnok, the man behind it all. But Radnok is not the only one they need to watch out for.
As more of their world, Venturan, is drained of life daily, they are headed for disaster. But Adrastine isn't ready to admit she wants to help, let alone that she may be The Rose everyone seeks.
To add to Adrastine's problems, she is drawn to Jacob, but he is a man, and she doesn't trust them, let alone want to fall in love with one. His love has the potential to heal her, but it also has the potential to destroy.