Centuries after a shadowy conspiracy left human civilization in ruin, the village of Abingdon is desperately fighting for survival in the distant northlands of Uk? where long winters grip the land. Young Samuel and his friends race winter to find both lost hunters and enough provisions to sustain Abingdon as sinister legends come to life. Far to the south, young Raul has lost everything to Orkkun invaders and makes a desperate flight through the jungle. Can he escape his hunters, and if so what is left for him? Meanwhile, beneath the ground, Bailey and her platoon of Deep Guard are combing the distant reaches of the Deep Roads only to make a terrible discovery. In the southwest, the Orkkun runt Gobi finds his idyllic life exploring the great canyon shattered when tribal duty and a sacred quest are thrust upon him. Above them all loom the mysterious Aelfin, a strange people that impose their rigid hierarchy: A World of Order.Humanity may have fallen, but can it rise again?