Raziel has watched each of his guardian brothers find their mate knowing that while Toby is his own, the time for them to meet hasn't been right. When that time finally arrives and Raziel has Toby wrapped in his arms, he can't shake the feeling that their time together will be fleeting.
Nothing in Toby's life has been by his own choice since the moment Denzel ripped him from his mother's womb. Now that Denzel is dead and Eydan is in charge, nothing has changed. All he has ever wanted has been to find his mate and have a place to call home, but fate has set his path in a different direction.
Visions have shown Toby what he must do to stop the war, but they have also revealed a truth that he has kept from everyone, especially his mate. He wants to be held, to experience the touch of his mate's skin and the softness of his lips just once before giving in to his destiny. While Toby is the only person who can end the shadowkin plague that threatens Preter, to do so, he must sacrifice it all...