Many in Galia resent Kel Emick and his Turbian ancestry; with Canúden refusing his right of Kelship, Galians seek another heir: another grandson of Kel Tutang the Ninth, brutal and unmerciful, but with a wari gift to make people love him. His Kelship would cause Galia and Gallel to crumble: but that's what Minara and Tavaris want. A crumbled Galia would seek the ultimate peace that Tavaris offers. Canúden and his friends leave Galia in search of Hallel, but things get rough when the Ball of Lights suddenly refuses to guide them. What they find instead may turn out to be the world's salvation, or it may guide Minara to their location.