Four months have passed since dragons were born again. When Corran is freed from an Ikjorian prison he must rush back to Auland to warn of the coming invasion - except with his history of betrayal and Tilda gone, no one will listen to a word he says. Meanwhile Giselle hides away in Cridhal, struggling to find a new purpose in life now Baltair is not ever-present in her head. A monster in the forest is killing off dragons and a stranger arrives with an intriguing offer, forcing her into action once more. It has been sixteen years since a dragon last flew over the forests and plains of Auland. Now they must find their place in a changed world.