It is October of 241 and Arbrecht has fallen to all-out war!
Outside Westerland, the great army of Corbin Blanchard, the long-lost Blanchard son, has amassed to take down Elanor Fitzwulf and her uncle, and reclaim the seat of Arbrecht for the Blanchard rebels. In retaliation, King Adrien Fontenot has forced Cassius DeLauncey to summon the banners of the Vandermark and set sail for Westerland to restore order in the Fitzwulf name, while also dealing with revealed treachery from his trusted councilman Bradyn Forthwind, who is accused of consorting with the Linchao.
The great wedding in Enyon between banner lady Cordelia Morgandy and Cadwallader Prothero comes to a screeching halt when the husband-to-be leaves his bride at the altar. Foul play is suspected by all. The people of Caelain have returned to their cities after a successful Harptide has ended to prepare for the harsh winter ahead, only to learn that Lord Arnold Forthwind, his heir Liam and his new daughter-in-law Marcheline have been slaughtered in cold blood by pirates. In Ahestere, Bertram Fontenot and Aesha Linnet flee Lismore to the Capital while Aashiq Linnet deals with Cyrus SanJar'streachery.
It seems the Forsilvran kingdom can never know peace for long; and as winter approaches, a deadlier storm is on the horizon than they could ever expect...