Marim has uncovered a forgotten source of magic, but some on Cynnes Tarth would prefer to bury the truth again, and Marim and her tessila along with it. More
Some secrets are best kept. Marim has discovered the forgotten source of magic on Cynnes Tarth, but she's also awakened the ire of the islanders who preferred their life the way it was. As her employer's business begins to fail and the town shuns her and the boy whose life she saved, Marim beings to suspect there is a deeper secret still being held close to the island's heart. When an angry mob rises up to protest the presence of a Tessilari among them, Marim must decide whether to stay and fight, flee back to Masidon with her questions unanswered.
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Cynnes Tarth has a secret. The people have forgotten what lies within the fog, but they do remember to be careful. Don't let the children play too much in warmlake. Don't go into the forest. Most of all, don't show any interest in the brinlins that live among the reeds. But Marim, a young Tessilar stranded on the island, doesn't know the rules. In hopes of establishing herself as a healer, she agrees to see a boy who is wasting away no matter how much he eats. When she recognizes his affliction as magical in nature, she must deduce what no one can tell her if she hopes to save his life.