Kile Veller continues her quest to become a Hunter in spite of the obstacle set in her way, but those obstacles are nothing compared to what she is about to encounter. As the final goal of graduating the Academy gets closer, the outside world is changing. There are things that have been set into motion that can not be stopped. Hunters have been slain or have gone missing. Pirates have once again been seen on the southern seas. The valrik have crossed into the Denal province and the uhyre, long thought gone from the world are amassing in the wastelands under a single shadow that has touch even the cadets at the Academy. The rumors of war on the western border may actually be real, and if all that wasn't enough, she still has to pass her final evaluation.