Life in his father's court allows young Taldirun all the privileges expected for a prince of Atlantis. But royal life is also fraught with danger and deception. On the night before a battle, Tal has a cryptic dream of a man who foretells his brother's fate. After Tal survives an attempt on his own life, he travels to a secluded sacred shrine to uncover the intrigues that plague the court of his father. There he exposes betrayal from the closest of allies and discovers prophecies of years to come. Tragedy and war descend upon his father's kingdom, and Tal must choose to either claim his divine birthright to the Alabaster Throne or leave his father's legacy stained and ruined by ambition and ruthlessness. Tal must use the dreams, prophecies, and the loyalty of those closest to him if he is to drive back the shadow that blankets his kingdom.