Grianne Ohmsford, rescued from oblivion by her brother Bek, has renounced her former life as the evil Ilse Witch, and now serves as the head of a new Druid Council. Her purpose is to defend the Four Lands from anarchy and warfare. But there are those who cannot easily forgive her past actions.
The Goddess of Elda - the Rose of the World - is now free and married to King Ravn of the Northern Isles. But the ships of the Southern Empire are bringing holy war to the North. Meanwhile, Katla Aransen has been abducted by Istrian raiders and finds herself in the harem of Rui Finco, Lord of Forent.
Magic has returned to Elda. None yet know that the source of this magic is the legendary Rosa Eldi, restored to the world, but not yet restored to herself. Unaware of her true nature, she has married King Ravn Asharson of the North, and now she must conceive a child to establish the succession.
It has been five years since humanity's heady expansion among the stars came to an abrupt, and violent, halt. The emergence of the Hydrogues, an immensely powerful alien race dwelling within gas-giant planets has placed the scattered colonies of the Terran Hanseatic League in jeopardy.
Searching the stars with vast spaceships, humanity encounters the Ildiran empire. The Ilidrians come to Earth and pass on their knowledge, allowing humanity to expand to the stars. Almost 200 years later, a train of events is about to be set in motion that will change the universe.
Imprisoned in the Druid's Keep, young Pen Ohmsford is separated from all who care for him, and at the mercy of the usurper Shadea a'Ru, who will do anything to destroy the rightful High Druid. Can the scattered band of friends join forces in time to defeat Shadea's evil plot?