Schalba, a young girl from the Tribe of the Gosht Shalesi, is due to go through her first ritual hunt to confirm her place within her clan. The Hunt of the Necristoe goes poorly for Schalba and she is shunned by the rest of her kin. Before she can come to terms with her shame, her Tribe is massacred by an unknown group of Draknai warriors. Schalba, her Brood-Brother Sharshb and a few other survivors are taken away to be used as gladiatorial slaves in the city of Drasternius, which the Conclave of the Unseen rule from the shadows. During her stay in the only conurbation on the planet Drakwen, Schalba meets a variety of peculiar characters and visits many wondrous locations. In her quest for freedom, Schalba will be forced to make choices that could irreversibly alter her whole races future.