"I never feared fire before then. We all respect it. We know its dangers. This changed my view.I spent days imagining I was trapped in an inferno."
The kingdom of Locharn is full of mysteries and dangers, especially for the High Caernou who wander the land, reporting strange happenings. Like fires burning unnaturally hot and fast. Fires difficult to extinguish. Fires that kill.
Fires familiar to Nat. Years ago, he and his mentor hunted a murderer who used flame as his weapon, a chase ending in tragedy. When Nat and Mel receive a summons from the Chief Caern, Nat is stunned by the similarities, hurled back into the nightmare of the original crimes, their terrible cost—and his part in stopping them.
Accompanied by their friends among the talking beasts, Nat and Mel struggle to sort past from present, uncertain who they can trust, determined to find the fire-starter before more lives are lost—including their own.