After the world is torn apart by a war between elves and humans, an orphaned half-elf must live among the humans disguised as one to avoid the bigotry of both sides. His life is that of a poor, simple farmhand, but that soon changes when a bard from his childhood reemerges to protect him from a bloodthirsty pirate bent on using the half-elf to open a mystical passage known as the Door of Sight Unseen.
Reese lives with crippling anxiety, depression, and a womanizing chauvinist named Tony. As Reese struggles to get over his not-so-recent heartbreak, he finds himself tired of the way his roommate treats the opposite gender and demands Tony come clean about his ill intentions toward Janet, a woman whom he just recently met. When Tony refuses to cooperate and leaves town for business, Reese takes it upon himself to tell Janet the truth.
Chris wants to leave Manhattan - walk away from his job and the apartment he and Elyse once shared. He dreams of moving to New Hampshire, where he feels he just might have a chance of finding peace. But, in his grieving mind, breaking away from those memories would be the same as abandoning Elyse - an unforgivable act of betrayal he could never live with. Then, on the fourth anniversary of Elyse's death, Chris makes two shocking discoveries, and a part of him begins to believe that she would want him to go on with his life.