"We do not deal with the Traitors. We are the peaceful ones, but we must do all in our power to keep the peace." Eponi lives in a place where peace is valued above all other things, where the magic is used for the mundane. So, when she is thrown into the castle of a man who is aptly named the War King, she feels completely out of place. She takes on her given role without argument; this is what must be done to keep calm among the kingdoms. Soon enough, though, Eponi realizes that there is more to the story than black and white, more than war and peace. Now she will have to go to war for her beloved peace, taking on ideals and beliefs set in stone since the beginning of time. Above all else, keep the peace. But in the end, war will reign.