Drought grips the Shemite regions, and in the dried-up swamps of Boroko, the man-eaters are hungry. The peaceful natives of the border villages can rely only on the juju power of Kaintiba-Mah, which strikes fear into the hearts of the cannibal mudmen. But Kaintiba-Mah is missing. Tekolleh, the shaman, must find the idol. The Iron Damsels, a band of bounty-hunting hellionettes, must find Conan. And Conan meets up with them all in Akbitana.