The World of Vida is war-torn between the forces of the messianic Zuut, and the Retainers who oppose his global rule. Enter Regina Lepue, a skunk left orphaned after canine bandits destroyed her village. Regina has grown up believing that all canines are evil -- but what about the nameless canine who fights the Zuut's rule? His claims that Vida's World Stones are in peril seem authentic, but can Regina believe this ruthless killer's "quest for the crystals"? Or is willful attachment to the "safety" of childhood trauma much too precious to let go of? The award-winning author of The Master of Monsters brings you a new tale of high-fantasy adventure and psychological oblivion.