Two young warriors, Silver Hawk and Morning-Owl, have to leave their people, and begin a journey of great peril. Their grandfather, White Feather has taught them magic. It is time for that magic to be tested. The tests will be many. The greatest of these tests will come from their enemy, Dark Night.Silver Hawk knows that magic surrounds him, but he is still learning about it. This magic is powerful, frightening. He doesn't understand it at all. He can feel the ancestors are close, as if they are waiting, expecting something of him. Can Morning-Owl, his twin sister, feel it too? He can't shake the sensation that not only are they being followed by the ancestors, but something dark and powerful.Once Silver Hawk fully accepts his magic, he is able to make use of it. Many forest creatures help him, as does his sister. Together they face their fate and the fate of their people.