Winter has come to the Varchinde - and with it, the fatal spread of the blight. The grass is dead, and the plains' cities are falling to the loss of crops and trade. Now, the Kas take their chance to rise from Rammouthe. Overmatched, betrayed and abandoned by his own forces, Rhan takes the ultimate gamble - he will abandon Fhaveon to lure the Kas into a final confrontation. But the world's memory is returning. And, as the battle rages round him, Ecko begins to realise that everything they have done has been for a purpose. If they can fit the pieces together, then they might just win the war. Yet, even if they do defeat the Kas, the blight is still there. And to save both the Varchinde and himself, Ecko must face the worst fear of all - the one that has come from his own world.