As he strives to find his way out and back to his friends, he encounters the only other human soul in this forsaken place. The man warns him of the ghoulish Vaa'corthra, a creature with the uncanny ability to control the horrific denizens of the world between. But can he trust this man, or is he a shape-shifting specter luring him to his death?
Back in the real world, Cahan's comrades are trying to prevent the revival of the council of mystics, demons who have an unmatched command of the arcane. Will he reach them in time? Can he prevent the resurrection of the Dead Mystics?