Althalus is an unrepentant rogue and scoundrel. Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to stealing The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus collides head-on with his unique destiny--and Dweia, a seductive goddess who just happens to be a cat. Dweia can manipulate time. Unfortunately, so can her evil brother . . . and he has been using his own dark magic to rewrite history itself. The only people who can stop him are Althalus and a ragtag group of men, women, and children. But they have no reason to trust Althalus--or one another.