This prequel to the best-selling Nightshade trilogy takes readers to Scotland in 1404, where the Searchers and Keepers conflict begins. Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow joins her friend Alistair in the Conatus Guard and begins training to help with the order's true mission, to seek out and stop evildoers and their unnatural creations. Ember finds joy in wielding swords and learning magic. She falls in love with her mentor, Barrow Hess, but Alistair also declares his love for Ember. With action, adventure and magic, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.