During a frantic escape across the wild swamplands of the Desolates, Nyctris and her lover, the escaped slave Hallum, find a more dangerous land than the one they left. Goblins, a cross between thinking man and savage beasts, attack during the night. Alone and lost, Nyctris escapes alone but her only desire, her obsession, is to find a way to rescue Hallum from this new slavery no matter her own personal cost.
But gathering support in a land filled with cowards is difficult. War with the goblins ravaged the New Haven and Dwarven nations a decade before. Now a fragile treaty holds the goblins to the swamps, a treaty few are willing to jeopardize.
But those brave few do exist. To find and win them over Nyctris will have to do things she never imagined while growing up in a life of privilege. She will have to abandon all mercy to see things through to the end. But what does it mean to be truly merciless?