The sources of power for each of the four wizard disciplines are declining while powerful fifth-sphere mages are disappearing in a wake of destruction.
Is there a connection? No one knows. But Mara, a failed apprentice despite having magical affinities, intends to find out. Her mentor and adopted grandfather was one of those missing mages and she won't give up until she finds him.
Mara enlists a reluctant Reese, a friend since childhood, to embark on an adventure wrought with all the dangers the land of Arath can offer. Along the way, they pick up tidbits and clues, allies and enemies, and face monsters and demons. All the while discovering their relationship is far more complicated than expected.