Camille, a fourteen-year-old witch, watches as her mother is burned at the stake. She flees, chased by Xavier, a member of The Society. When Camille finds the auch, Aiyu, he takes her into the mountains for protection. Xavier follows and finds the entrance to the high country. The Society plans to have King Leopold attack and destroy the auchs, but Leopold misreads the information. Leopold marches south to intercept an invasion from Greche. With Leopold out of the city The Society hatches an alternate plan...This is the first volume in a three-part medieval fantasy saga about The Society.