Deep in the heart of a ruined city lurks the power to destroy the world... When Thraxis returns to Athraskani lands with his barbarian wife Arrow, he learns too late that the Black Council will not let their greatest tool go so easily. Soon Thraxis and Arrow are ensnared in a dangerous venture...to discover the ruined city of Xaqqara and with it the lost power of the ancient wizards. Surrounded by enemies, sorcerers, and gods, they must find their way through a maze of deceit and treachery to learn the truth behind the destruction of Xaqqara...and behind the prophecy of an unborn child who will damn or save them all...