The fight to save Oceana has only just begun. Valory, Arden, and the mercenary crew of Windjammer return to the capital to learn that the alliance marching against them is far darker than they had feared. Racing against time to defend Anaphe, the capital's twin-city, from destruction, Valory and Arden head south even as duty drives a wedge between them. Contract-bound, Valory fulfills his late father's wishes and sails for Anaphe to prepare the city for siege. While spies and loyalists slither through his court, an army of twisted creatures advances upon Anaphe's walls, the likes of which haven't been seen for generations. Meanwhile, Arden travels westward in a bid to win an unprecedented alliance that could either save Anaphe from collapse -- or bring Windjammer to ruin. The road back to the city proves to be no easy one, however, for their enemy lies closer to home than they ever could have imagined.