Valerik is an escaped slave, on the run for his life, when he tries to steal the wrong horse from the wrong woman. Madryn is a warrior on a secret quest, with a past she would as soon forget. Arduous journeys, danger and death surround them as their unvoiced feelings for each other grow. But when they meet up with a young thief named Garet, even more trouble begins. Valerik must fight an enemy who is attacking him from within his own mind. Madryn is abducted by assassins. And Garet may well be more than he seems.
When the thirteen stars appear in the sky of a strange and evil land, a portal will open that could destroy a multitude of worlds. Can these three prevent it? And even if they do, will any of them survive?