Now in the Deep Waters, the true home of all Men of Bones, Jalen finds himself away from the Empire, but beset with issues. The first is that of his second mother's people, the holders of the mythical "lights of Meran", the lights of the Gods, who are under attack from the Empire in an attempt to force Jalen to show himself and be killed. Then, there is the "Lost" Isle, one of the isles fought over for so many years. Few remember its given name, as it was annexed repeatedly and now host to all sorts of ill deeds.
Elle is a scavenger. Her life consists of dodging into damaged libraries to rescue books that were not destroyed so that the readers in them are not trapped. But Elle has a secret. She is looking for one book. The book of Firstfall. A book so dangerous that it got her parents condemned to a prison. Damon is the former Controller of Chemmon. Bent and twisted by the book world he was trapped in as a child, he was locked away in the book Firstfall to keep him from destroying everything
What is the price of honor? A look at honor and the masks we wear, at what it means to do the right thing even if it is the last thing in the world you want.
Jalen, now beyond the reach of the Empire, and out of range of any of their permanent settlements, Jalen heads for Darkwater Cove. From there he hopes to get more information on the ship that took his wife. When a storm forces Jalen and his crew off course, Jalen finds that there are things in this world more frightening than death, as he comes to the desolate isle of Helatin Gare.
Captain Jalen, Delphe Shenn, Captain of the Dragon Wynd was willing to give it all up for his wife. Giving the order to scuttle his own boards, he chose to go down with the ship, until Thadeus Silvermane, captain of Wolf's brigade, swore to him his wife would be safe if he came quietly. Now standing to hang for the second time, he finds that this is the hour he must choose. Silvermane lied, his wife, his beloved Mirana stands damned by his treasons, and before him stands his best friend, Marek....