Daja, Briar, Tris, and Sandry have grown up and grown apart since their days together at Winding Circle, and Sandry's especially disappointed with the change. When Sandry's uncle requests that her three old friends accompany her on a visit to Sandry's vast lands within the Empire of Namorn, the young mages discover that they've landed in a trap. Namorn's iron-willed Empress Berenene has plans for Sandry and her companions, and she has wily and powerful mages to help her. But so, of course, does Sandry — if only she can get them to work together... Four mages. One destiny. No turning back.