In the aftermath of a vicious battle between darkness and light, the city of Elantra has emerged victorious. But Shadows continue to haunt every corner of its streetsElantra stands strong, but countless numbers of Hawks, the city's staunchest protectors, were lost in the brutal attack. Humans, Barrani, Aerians, Leontinesne of the races emerged unscathed from the defense of the city. Homes were lost, families were scatteredand the outcast Barrani Lord Nightshade is missing from his castle in the fiefs.Yet as the chaos surrounding the battle begins to wane, Private Kaylin Neya's duties must resume, despite her grief. Called in to investigate a triple murder in a quiet part of town, Kaylin and her companions are soon embroiled in a case that is anything but routine. Evidence of the deadly Shadows that still threaten the city leads to hints of ancient, forgotten magicsand everything can be traced directly to Ravellon, the heart of the Shadows and the darkness they contain.But it is there that Lord Nightshade will be foundif he still survives.