Sent to Carthak as part of the Tortallan peace delegation, Daine finds herself in the middle of a sticky political situation. She doesnt like the Carthaki practice of keeping slaves, but its not her place to say anything shes just there to heal the emperors birds. Its extremely frustrating!
Whats more, her power has grown in a mysterious way. As the peace talks stall, Daine puzzles over Carthaks two-faced Emperor Ozorne. How can he be so caring with his birds and so cruel to his people?
Daine is sure hes planning something. Daine must fight the powerful Emperor Mage, knowing that the safety and peace of the realm depend on stopping Ozornes power-hungry schemes. When she is sent as part of the delegation from Tortall to negotiate a peace treaty with Carthak, fifteen-year-old Daine must use her powers to communicate with animals for more than healing the Carthak emperors dying birds.