Jaxter Grimjinx finds himself in a dangerous conspiracy when he is contacted by the notorious clan of thieves known as The Shadowhands, in this second fantasy adventure book in the critically acclaimed Vengekeep trilogy. Trouble is brewing in the five provinces. Mysterious magical artifacts have gone missing from the royal vaults. Master thieves from a secret society known as the Shadowhands are disappearing. And without explanation, the High Laird has begun imprisoning the peaceful Sarosans. Jaxter Grimjinx suspects all these things are connected, but he knows better than to get involved. Then he and his parents receive a summons from the Shadowhands, and Jaxter is thrust into the heart of the conspiracy. With the help of a few new friends and an old friend he'd rather forget, Jaxter will have to delve deep into long-buried-and dangerous-secrets.