Alone in the Illumined Wood after fleeing in the midst of the devastating attack on Ceurenyl, and uncertain about the current state of the city, Devlyn wrestles with his doubts and choices. Even as he struggles to understand the meaning of the ancient prophecy, the young elf grows closer to the last phoenix. Meanwhile, the Lucillian Alliance is crumbling and the Erynien Empire continues its devastating march across Eklean, decimating any opposition. Eklean’s various races well remember Erynor’s previous reign. Now though, the Guardians and the Lorenthien aryls who were successful in bringing all the races together to battle their oppressor died at the Fall of Krysenthiel, fourteen hundred years ago. What is Devlyn’s role in Eklean’s reforged war against Erynor?