Tanis, Flint, Raistlin, Caramon, and Tasslehoff return to Solace after years of separation. It is not the safe home it used to be. At the Inn of The Last Home they gather to greet old friends and talk of new memories. Sturm arrives with a couple barbarians in full knights armor, and no word of Kitiara.
Things start to pick up when the female barbarian sings a song, one of her bodyguards journey, and an old man tries to tell a tale of the old gods. A small altercation in which it is revealed that the barbarian lady is in possession of the highly sought, Blue Crystal Staff. The Companions then are to make a hasty retreat and venture forth to greater fame and infamy.