When Han Alister and his Clan friend Dancer encounter three underage wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, he has no idea that this event will precipitate a cascade of disasters that will threaten everything he cares about. Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, only later learning that it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna, the heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, has just spent three years of relative freedom with her father's family at Demonai Camp. Sent back to the city, court life in Fellsmarch pinches like a pair of too-small shoes. While the power of the Wizard Council is growing, the people of the Fells are starving and close to rebellion. Now more than ever, there's a need for a strong queen. But Raisa's mother Queen Marianna is weak and distracted by the handsome Gavan Bayar, High Wizard of the Fells.
Raisa aspires to be like Hanalea - the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. With the help of her friend, the cadet Amon Byrne, Raisa navigates the treacherous Gray Wolf Court, hoping she can unravel the conspiracy coalescing around her before it's too late.