Unrest is stirring. In the lands of Shayde - murmurs of an invasion move from settlement to settlement. Many cycles have passed since the last invasion, and none have dare march on masse into the light filled realms of Elysia. Until now. The Shaydean Alliance has grown mighty with its new found technologies, and grow bold in number and in arms - bold enough to invade Elysia once more to regain their homeland and its capital, Sanctuary. Only one thing stands in their way - the impenetrable barrier, the Shield - the might fortification that blocks all entry and thwarts all attacks upon the inhabitants of Sanctuary. The Hand that cut the Stone is a parallel story to a previously released novel, Exhumation.