Arsan's journey takes him to the Dark Continent where he is placed under the tutelage of the wise man, Goom. Unfortunately, Goom's beautiful granddaughter, Gani also takes a strong interest in the boy. Goom is fearful of the many similarities to Arsan and his budding relationship with Gani, for it reminds him of a boy he tutored long ago, and a love that ended in a young girl's violent death.
In the meantime young Marik Korelesk, while living a life of luxury due to the wealth he has amassed, spends every night tossing and turning, unable to sleep. The boy doesn't know the source of his distress. Could it be his precarious position as drug lord of the city of Farku? Or, could it be the lack of familial love, for there is only the hired help to tuck him into bed at night?