The key to finding the next piece of the talisman is lost. Rift and his family of battle wolves are formally banished from Wolf Valley. The church at Brittle, destroyed. Guntharr, Taya, and the others look for a sliver of hope as the thread holding their quest together begins to fray. Raskin, Taya’s life-bound Hawk Lord, falls into guilt and depression over a past he has kept hidden for too long. Driven by concern for their friend, the companions turn their attention to Eddiforth and the Mountain of the Hawk Lords to seek resolution for their friend. What they discover is a plot by the Hawk Lord council to start a war with their neighbors, the Battle Wolves.
Events spiral out of control as Raskin is captured along with Guntharr, Taya, Firebane and Farrian. The Alpha Hawk Lords launch an all out attack on the unsuspecting Battle Wolves of Clan Firepack, but the Alphas are not going it alone. Alpha Plass has secretly enlisted the aid of the Sorceress, Naranda. Her role is to guarantee the war and see to it that the rise of Silverwood never happens. Plass seals the deal by turning over the red gem of power. Its discovery coincides with the Alpha’s orchestrated extermination of a certain caste of Hawk Lords.
Tensions rise as Raskin discovers the truth about the events leading up to his rescue by Silverwood’s princess. As he prepares for the ultimate fate, the sudden appearance of an impossible Hawk Lord gives him the strength to forgive himself and a new courage to move forward.
Ghosts from Rift’s past surface as former students seek to settle a score with the old Battle Wolf. To save his friends and lay rest to the lingering guilt he has carried, Rift agrees to a fight to the death with the four rogue Battle Wolves.
With the clouds of war looming, Silverwood’s Friends from Mountain Forge prepare to sacrifice everything to save Taya and keep the hope of Silverwood’s return alive.