Nearly two decades have passed since occupation and war ended in Turand. Through faith and hard work, its people have recaptured vitality and prosperity that once characterized their nation. However, new questions assail them and the leaders who once guided them to victory. Their High Priestess Valkana has mysteriously disappeared and only the Valkana's presence allows Turand to thrive in spiritual harmony. Through lapses into the wealth of memories, King Gregor and Lord Victor Garogan seek strength to face a painful present. Neither makes any effort to conceal his love for Alexa while mourning the loss of the woman each loves more than life itself. At the same time, they search for reasons behind her unexplained, heartbreaking absence.