Three hundred years ago a war was fought among the races of Ceryn Roh. The fey Aethel would have won if Humanity had not joined forces with the Rüddan to extinguish them.
Today the Rüddan rule the world. Magic is outlawed, reading is banned, and Humanity is oppressed to the point of enslavement.
Sabine Rhyonselle, a healer in the Human village of Khapor, has had enough. She longs to see her people free but is powerless to affect the change. That is, until she discovers that the history she was taught is a lie.
With help, Humanity could overthrow their Rüddan oppressors, but that help can only be won if Sabine can gain the trust of the races her forefathers betrayed. Can Sabine overcome centuries of lies and animosity to forge an alliance that will save her people?