Following the murder of his species' ruler, riots make blood and suffering become Vishnear's daily life. He desires nothing more than peace for his people. The priest's life takes a turn, however, when the primordial deities elect him to be the next leader. They grant him godlike powers, and his people expect him to use them. The problem is he can't summon them-not without complications. Fearing failure, he elicits help from a god, Sytrix, who promises to reveal his true potential. But he finds more questions than answers when a feisty Wikev is captured. Yet, through everything, what Vishnear fears the most is not the threat of war, the awakening of the lost deities, or the budding, forbidden attraction between him and the female Wikev. It's the secret hiding beneath his skin.