Elutheros, the fabled wizard of myth is alive, and has renewed his assault on the Gates Heaven. Prince Karlis ascends to Dromarna Torn and receives the prophetic dream to become king. At sixteen, he must lead his armies across the steppes to the Forbidden, the source of all magic, before Elutheros can destroy the gates, the magic, and the world. Kala, Magnus, Anton, and the rest must protect Karlis and face the combined armies of the Paluan Empire and the Auktin nomads, with their wizards and canhao. The foretold Day of Evil is at hand.