Young scholar Wynn Hygeorht remains determined to recover the ancient texts she brought back from the castle in the Far-lands. She has only one hint to their location: overhearing a whispered dwarven word that suggests the "Stonewalkers" may be involved. So she journeys to the mountain stronghold of the dwarves in search of this unknown sect.
With two uncertain allies as guides -- Chane Andraso, a vampire, and Shade, an elven wolf -- she must enter those depths and fathom ancestral religions, oral traditions, and deeper customs. In her obsession with the texts, she will find more puzzles and questions buried in secrets old and new...along with an enemy she thought destroyed.