Book II of The Westlands Cycle. While a dashing young king journeys to his throne in disguise, fulfilling an ancient prophecy, Jill travels to islands south of Bardek to learn of a lost tribe of Elcyon Lacar living there. The exiled lord Rhodry returns to Deverry anonymously as a mercenary, takes an apprentice of sorts, and helps a noble-born girl find her Elven lover who is the last descendant of Elven royalty. Cover art by Geoff Taylor.