As a hired assassin, Faux Falaran is used to "solving problems". When his latest contract takes a wrong turn, Faux realizes he's become someone else's problem. One they want solved. Forced to flee, he's soon destitute and starving on the road. A chance encounter with a warrior-priest provides an opportunity to change his fortunes. Chasing down a lost religious artifact, they stumble upon an ancient evil. One that is awakening.
Anyon Mattick has been a member of the Kofflandian rebellion since he was barely eight summers old. When his position is overrun during a major encounter with the Etranian Royal Army he's captured and brought before the king to be publicly executed. When the king unexpectedly dies, Anyon is promptly forgotten and left to rot in the castle's cells. The new king is willing to offer a pardon and clemency, but it comes with a price that will test everything Anyon was lead to believe.