All of the key characters are at their lowest and most desperate. Julien has collapsed into an abyss of drunken apathy following his separation from Genevieve. The whereabouts of Genevieve and the Duke's daughter are unknown after the burning of Paris, while the German army has surrounded the remnants of Lorraine's forces in the city of Toulouse. Everyone--and everything--is dangerously near the breaking point . . .
* The first installment of a new story arc in the Rex Mundi ongoing series. New alignments must be made and old relationships must be repaired if anyone is to survive.