Thirty years have passed since the bloody battle of Njorn Pass, since Rikard Mazrem traded his life away to the Alterra to save his dying men. Defeat became victory and an empire was born. For decades, the people of Carce have revered Rikard as a hero. In the new world that Rikard forged in battle, Thainna is just a thief, lowly ranked in the infanous House of Five Dragons. She wants to make a better life for herself, for her family, but it's not much more than a dream... Until the night Thainna finds a man staggering through the Rows who looks just like the statues of RIkard Mazrem. Could the great hero be back? But he's confused and crazed. Perhaps worse. Has the world changed... or has he?