Fifty years from now, our world looks very different. Thousands live in fortified strongholds; others roam the landscape as either predator or prey. Standing against the forces that have tipped the balance from good to evil are very few heroes, but Logan Tom is one. He's on a desperate quest to deliver some street kids to safety. So, too, is Angel Perez, who is leading a second group in the wilderness where she encounters the long-hidden Elves of Cintra. And Hawk - just learning his magic - has an encounter with the mystical King of the Silver River, who promises safety for both humans and elves - if only they can reach him...