Maria has finally made it to Jacob’s world, but things don’t go as smooth as she had hoped. Jacob is captured before she can step foot on his world. And when the time arrives, the Shaoque, Jacob's captor, is unrelenting in his pursuit to capture her and use her against Jacob to obtain the Stones of Ornak. However, she won’t make things easy for the Shaoque. As she fights to stay alive, she learns to harness a power from a strange black weapon imbued with intuitive energy. But the cost is great. If the Shaoque does not get her, the magic eating her flesh away will.
Maria must use her wits, her knowledge and her ingenuity if she is to survive long enough to rescue the man she loves.