Follows The Riftwar Saga. Follows the intrigues and adventures when a group of powerful nobles attempt to overthrow the Empress of Kesh, causing bitter division in the Court.  In the midst of the conflict are the princes of Kondor, Erlund and Boric. Boric makes a desperate journey back to the Court to warn of the traitors’ plans, which – if they were to succeed – start a war that would tear the Empire apart.