Morg and Ethos continue their adventure to stop the need for mating with human madness. There has been six revolves of the sun since their encounter with the White Queen, and now they seek another for guidance. Nepulus is an aged merman whom they hope will help in their quest. In a long deserted cave they discover their daughter is different, and though Ethos knows that it is Aquithus that burns in her body, he knows what it means and keeps it from Morg, for the time being.
Chrythus is a magic wielder and has lived a long, fulfilling life. He has charged himself with protecting Morgella and Ethos, and moreover their daughter. It is with her the White Queen could make a move to land possible, which is folly and she must be stopped. On his journey he smells Aquithus on the current and with it the desire to end his long, solitary existence is rekindled. He misses his lost love and is taunted by her to join him. To do so he must remove Aquithus from the youngling by their death before they mature, whoever that youngling may be.