Brendys of Shalkan believed that a time of peace had come to him. The agents of Machaelon had t risen up against him or his family in nearly two years, but t all was as quiet as it seemed. Terrible summer heat, a mysterious child, a deathly illness, and dark stirrings in the Far North hearken the winds of a rising Storm, a storm that will change the face of Shalkan -- and the lives of Brendys and his family -- forever. . . .