In the land of Tormay, a young thief named Jute robs the house of a wizard one night. Soon, he finds himself running for his life as he seeks to understand what he stole and why so many people suddenly want him dead. Ancient secrets and curses come alive around Jute as he journeys to freedom in the rth, accompanied by a talking hawk, a guilt-ridden assassin, and a forgetful ghost. But, as they seek to save themselves, the little company realizes that much more is at stake than their own lives. A storm has come to Tormay, and, in the shadows of the night, the Dark walks. It will do anything to destroy the land. It cares thing for the armies and might of men. Only one thing stands between the Dark and its wicked dreams: a thief named Jute.