Now that the Children of Chaos are gathered together, it is time to prepare. Daerus and his company hear the story of Septha the Destroyer at the same time as the Brethren of Luegtha hear the tale. Finding out how Lord Septha came to be guardian of Chaos and god to the Throk cause His Chosen to vow their determined pledge against the danger that stalks Him. Meanwhile, sentries from the North gallop to the Imperial capital to inform the Emperor of the massive threat assembling on the northern frontier. When the Imperial Princess Dia reaches out to touch her brother’s mind to ask for the aid of Shae against the enemy, what will he tell her? Can he take arms against these enemies of the Empire and still keep faith with his Master, Septma? Can he refuse his aid without suffering the usual fate of a traitor?