Survival is a game best played by the hunter… not the prey. Tobin, the master of subterfuge, has seeded his web of information in almost every stop he has been to. He is an artist of death, swaying the rivers of life to flow in the gorges demanded by Bytos, god to the Assassins. While painting his latest canvas and planting his newest seed, he meets someone just as deadly, Queen Marilynn. He is drawn to her as a moth to a flame, never understanding the dangers in front of him. This soon-to-be mother of his child and wife to King William is no mere human herself. Through godly creation, Marilynn was unleashed centuries ago into the realm with one goal, domination of all and servitude to her and her god, Seren. The price of reverence is steep; in exchange for eternal life, Marilynn must sacrifice her child to Seren every hundred years, something she has come to do without hesitation or remorse. Learning of her plan, Tobin is caught in a conundrum. He must choose between a life style he has worked so hard to embed versus what he knows is dead wrong. In addition to the perils of their realm comes a new player to the game, the Unmarked. The Unmarked are sweeping across the lands from a realm only told in stories from parent to child, and priest to congregation to teach the evils of greed. They are showing up in areas and ways that they don’t even know. Tobin and his harsh and unyielding pursuer, Marilynn must account for an unknown. Amid treachery, betrayal, violence and sex, Marilynn will stop at nothing to secure her next hundred years in this world by taking back her child from Tobin.