In the third volume of The Phoenix Feather epic martial arts adventure, the Redbark gang has broken up. The three Afans are on different paths. Muin is rising in the imperial army; Yskanda lives day to day in the silken prison of the imperial court and hiding amidst his paints until a life-changing encounter.
Prince Jion returns to the imperial palace in disgrace, as Ryu, tired of disguises, begins to cultivate her skills and talents as she finds her way back toward her old name and a new identity.
When she isn't crusading as Firebolt-and causing hunters on both sides to come after her.