The vile god DhurGhellon waits and plots. Where his unworldly touch scars the lands, he spawns fiends who lust for apocalypse. Yet when evil rises, the goddess ShoCayam guides her faithful. Her Harbinger Shadow, a dark tendril slashing across the sky like an accusing finger, points to the heart of DhurGhellons menace. Holy books chronicle three comings of the Harbinger Shadow; each time the Cayam clergy staved off annihilation by crusading against DhurGhellons fiends.
Cayam warrior Selkair Trevond clings to his faith but cannot mend his cracked life. The legacy of his ancestors daunts him. His wife abandoned him. And tragic memories of an innocent girl dying upon his sword torment him. But when the Harbinger Shadow abruptly returns, it fills Selkair with purpose and redemption. In ShoCayams name he leads an army of holy warriors to eradicate the festering evil.
As Selkairs crusade ignites war across the lands, his ex-wife declares the sacred Cayam texts flawed. Is the Harbinger Shadow a divine warning or the source of evil? Selkair refuses to seek a deeper truth until shepherded by a new voice--the spirit of the innocent girl who died upon his sword. While the crusaders weather vicious foes and devastating betrayal, Selkair fights to save both his people and his religion. He must confront the fictions written into Cayam holy books, unravel a senile wizards awesome power, and face another dreadful death upon his sword--the sacrifice of his new love.