Translated by Hildegarde Serle.
When our heroine Ophelia is promoted to Vice-storyteller by Farouk, the ancestral Spirit of the Pole, she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into the public spotlight. Now that her powers - and the threat they present to the secretive denizens of this new world - are known to all, she is forced to reveal the nefarious plots that have been brewing beneath the golden rafters of Citaceleste and to throw herself into the political machinations of the Pole. In this perilous situation, the only person she may be able to trust is Thorn, her enigmatic fiance. As one after another influential courtier vanishes in suspicious circumstances, Ophelia again finds herself unintentionally implicated in an investigation that will lead her to see beyond the Pole's many illusions to the heat of the formidable truth.