The world of Para Dormus is a complicated place full of dragons, demons, magic and mystery. No one knows that more than Nivara Cross. Burdened with a grimoire barely powerful enough to hide with mist magic, Nivara longs to help her fellow Traited who struggle with the same fate. But she is powerless to help. Tasked instead with locating an unusual, black grimoire, truths get tangled together as Nivara struggles to hide her past and her power from those attempting to replace her. With more and more Traited trying to find the lost grimoire of the Night Rider, she has no choice but to involve Hawkins, an unsuspecting detective with an unusual Trait of his own. As their goals drift apart and the separation proves more than necessary, Nivara realizes a much bigger threat faces them. A deadly necromancer's plan is threatening to disrupt the peace from beyond the grave. Can secrets remain hidden and the black grimoire's power be stopped? Or are Hawkins and Nivara too late?