John Blacker returns to Earth to search for his daughter. But the world has been thrown into chaos by the discovery of glimmer. The United States of America is super power no longer, broken into half a dozen feuding empires. Europe has resurrected its old divisions, the community of nations swept away as nationalism reasserts itself. Wars and rumours of wars spill over from the Balkans and into the west. While the Earth suffers, the prophesies of others are fulfilled and Calariel returns to claim both worlds as his own. A billion shock troops invade the planets in the terrifying climax to The Glimmer trilogy.