The world has always been a dreary and brutal place for Bay. She was born while the world's saviour failed. The prophecies had been fulfilled, but the hero had died and with him the safety and wellness of the world had perished. Bay is fifteen when she is torn from her family and sent to one of many training schools. The purpose of the schools is to train the next generation of sorcerers to rule the creatures of darkness and all the world. Bay is sent to the worst of all the schools; the one overseen by the Sorceress herself. The woman who tore the world asunder, releasing the demons who roam the world now, and killing the hero who had been supposed to save them all. When Bay tries to resist the training and the Sorceress, her family is threatened. Bay must decide whether her family is more important than her morals. And she must determine whether she is strong enough to do what must be done.