Diman has long sought a new life, a better life. One separated from the village that shuns him. He dreams of big cities, fantastic sights, far-flung travels. And he dreams of love. But his village denies him that, the most basic of rights. When Makri, goddess of the sea, visits him in a dream, she offers him a new life.
Ladir has served the Temple of Glidak his entire life, spreading their message to the farthest edges of Madijak. Yet darkness shrouds him and hardens his heart against the Church of Dera, the order who murdered his parents. He longs for vengeance, for punishment. He longs for annihilation. But a new arrival at the temple throws his life into disarray. Now, if he pursues his revenge, he may well lose the person who has come to mean everything to him.
A man of peace, long-suffering. A man of passion, seeking violence. Both caught in a conflict that seeks to destroy them. But powerful emotions run between them, bind them as one. Will their ties be strong enough to last, or will this tension crack their bonds?