Enclosed for eight hundred years behind an impenetrable wall, the citizens of Fenwold finally have a passage through to the world outside.
And who better to oversee the settlement of the New Territories than the marshal who discovered the exit by cracking the code of the Fenwold Riddle?
Leaving behind famine and unrest in Fenwold, with the technology bequeathed by their ancestors, the hard-working settlers believe they can now look forward to a better future.
Twenty years on, all appears to be going to plan. Governor Dominic Bradley continues to direct the growth of the new city and its surrounding farmlands, by carefully exploiting the precious resources left behind by the Ancient Ones.
But how can the settlers know that their optimism is misplaced, and that a force beyond their reckoning is about to thwart their efforts and threaten to deprive them of their newly found way of life?
And as Fenwold's most highly acclaimed son and saviour, how will Dominic Bradley come to terms with the ignominy of defeat against a superior power, and the attendant shame of capitulation?