As a member of the Guardians of the Gray Tower, Gibor Vane is unswervingly loyal to his king, but now that loyalty is in question. Someone has betrayed the king, and he is the main suspect. When Lael Monchmart shows up in his home village to bring Gibor in for questioning, Gibor is stunned. In the village to be close to his dying father, he feels emotionally wrecked by the news and by his reaction to Lael. Though Lael does not believe that Gibor is guilty, he must follow his orders. But the attraction he feels for Gibor is impossible to resist. When he learns that Gibor feels the same, he surrenders to the passion that overwhelms them both. As they journey to Winterreach and the fate that awaits Gibor, danger stalks them. They must learn to rely on each other and their growing feelings in order to survive.