Indigo has been living a half-life, hiding her power and trapped in a bad engagement because of the restrictions placed on her by her society. When she decides to risk helping an exotic stranger escape his ascard prison in order to lead a revolution in a neighboring country, she starts down a path toward her own freedom and the realization that not everything forbidden is wrong.
Ascard power can strengthen, heal, and create. It also has great potential to destroy. Indigo’s country restricts the use of ascard, so she must channel her ability into the healing arts or risk severe punishment. An orphan from a disgraced family, trapped by her father’s treason, she is struggling to find her place in society.
Yiloch stands accused of a terrible crime against Indigo’s country. She wants nothing more than to prove the accusations false, but the evidence puts blood on his hands.
Marked as a traitor to her own country, Indigo must look elsewhere for help if she is going to save Lyra. While Yiloch rushes back to the capital to prepare his empire for battle, Indigo turns to the least likely place to build an army of her own.