Emerane and her companions narrowly escape the Cult of Uhlume and the relentless Furie, exhausted but no richer for their efforts. Going their separate ways into in the pitiless streets of Umber, they each find a dead end waiting. Now penniless, Emerane's quest to free her younger brother from debtor's prison seems more hopeless than ever. Until a possible solution comes from the most unlikely ally imaginable-the Furie himself. But his help comes with a dangerous price.