Every year, the Crescent Pack has the Trials for newly-shifted wolves. Gabriel Thompson is certain he won't be in them this year, but fate made him have his first shift just minutes before the Trials start. This unexpected twist means he has no time to train as a wolf like all the others. But that's not all. The two wolves who place last become exiles. They are kicked out of the pack and left to the forest, to become rogues.