Tao is learning to be a dragonkeeper. With one to teach him it is t easy. He must keep Kai safe but there is danger at every turn - they are pursued by a gang of murderous mads, tricked by unseen spirits, attacked by a giant seven-headed snake and disoriented in the realms of the dead. Most terrifying of all is the ghost who can turn blood into ice. Tao kws he must prove he is truly worthy of the name dragonkeeper. But the road west is never straight and thing for Tao and Kai is what it seems.