With the death of his uncle, Felix Hextor takes the Setor Empire throne with plans to usher in an age of peace. The sorceress Illisandra Zayla died during a showdown in an abandoned tower, freeing the Setor Empire from her malevolent plots. Or so young lovers Prince Derrius Hextor and thief Choi Li Trin believe. Emperor Felix’s brother Myron has been tainted by corrupted magic and will soon raise an army of mercenaries and march against his brother. Fed up with the sexual intrigues of palace life, Choi--better known as Stealth--must make a momentous decision. Will she leave Derrius and return to her thieving ways or stay and help put down Myron’s rebellion? An amnesic girl wandering the streets of a border city holds the key that will decide the fate of the Setor Empire. Plagued with dreams about a queen who commands magic, the girl will soon learn that her body has become the vessel of a tormented soul, that of the ancient sorceress Charis. What path Charis chooses--righteousness or evilness--will determine the battle’s victor and if Stealth and Derrius can recover the sword Larenia’s Shadow from the assassins.