Nisha has trained all her life to develop Qi—her internal energy—exceeding the raw power of any Qi'advisor in several generations. Now, she's ready to take her place as an elite Qi'advisor when the unimaginable happens. War breaks out and she's must be a war adviser, although still untried. Rhybac's king is dead. The kingdom is in chaos. And their enemies out of the Sands are circling for the kill.
As a Qi'advisor to a duke, considered a traitor, she must risk her life to negotiate greed, treachery, and the desperation that fuel the war to reveal what others cannot or refuse to see. The fate of Rhybac, its people, and even its enemies are in her young hands.