It is more than three centuries since the ravages of a devastating war nearly tore apart the kingdom of Eutracia. In its wake, all those who masterminded the bloodshed were sentenced to exile, with return all but impossible and death all but inevitable. Now a land of peace and plenty, protected and guided by a council of immortal wizards, Eutracia is about to crown a new king. And as the coronation approaches, the spirit of celebration fills every heart. Except one.
Prince Tristan is a reluctant monarch-to-be. Though destined by tradition to succeed his father as ruler, he is a rebel soul. And when he discovers the ancient, hidden caves where strange red waters flow it only makes him yearn all the more to escape his future duty...and succumb to the stirrings of enchantment within him.
But more than tradition compels Tristan to ascend the throne. The very existence of Eutracia depends upon it. For after these long centuries of peace, the old evil has returned, and Tristan's role in an ages-old prophecy must be fulfilled - or the cost of his kingdom and his people will be beyond imagination.
It will be a battle like none ever known, against an enemy whose thirst for blood and domination is endless and unyielding. And for Tristan, it will be the ultimate challenge: facing an adversary whose greatest weapon is the person he loves most - transformed into the instrument of his annihilation...and the catalyst that will doom Eutracia forever to darkness.
©2002 Robert Newcomb; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.