The Domain has been defeated in Lepidor, with the two survivors, Midian and Sarhaddon, sent back to Equatoria in disgrace. Cathan stands in for his convalescing father as Count of Lepidor, enjoying with his friends an Indian summer at the end of the year.
Hamilcar returns to Taneth, later to be joined by Elassel. He has his feud against Foryth to pursue and a new opportunity of alliance with House Canadrath, who were brought into the picture by Cathan's call for help after Elnibal's poisoning.
The Archipelago is still suffering under the Domain's yoke, and it is there that Cathan, with the impatient Palatine and Ravenna, whose identity as the Pharaoh only the three of them know, turns his attention. He also has the ancient flagship, Aeon, to find.
Sagantha and his crew have gone on their way to more devious plots.
And in Selerian Alastre, the Emperor spins his webs of intrigue in the Imperial Palace...
Copyright (c) Anselm Audley, 2002