Terisa Morgan desperately needs to escape. Gilbur is trying to kill her, Castellan Lebbick wants to torture her and she needs to find Geraden. The fortress of Orison is under siege by the Alend army; the forces of Cadwal, led by the Arch-Imager Vagel, are poised to strike; the traitor Eremis is preparing the ground for the hated enemies; and King Joyse's actions are more baffling than ever.
Everything Geraden and Terisa love in the land of Mordant is about to be destroyed - unless they can find a way to prevent it using their new-found talent for mirrors and Imagery. But Terisa knows Eremis will resort to every evil power at his disposal to ensure the success of his terrible master plan.