The Shattering, a cataclysmic battle between the Factions of Light and Dark, left most of Valterra's civilization obliterated. Now, almost five hundred years later, the end of All looms as the Great Dark disrupts the elemental balance of nature once again. Hope lives within Avos, a sheltered farm boy who is oblivious to any of the world's unearthly dangers. He meets Chancellor Marcus Thane, who introduces him to the world unseen; witches, elves, fairies, demons, even the undead. Avos struggles to accept his new fate, while discovering new relationships and preparing for the precipice of the campaign against the Light.