Her father has become withdrawn following her mother's disappearance and there is little Shay can do to help.
Then, one night, Shay saves her father from a strange assailant in his study and is carried to another world with her father where the truth about her mother is revealed. Discovering that her mother is apparently not the person Shay has admired all her life, leads Shay to question her own values which she has so proudly built on the image of the perfect marriage which her parents displayed to her as a child.
As Shay comes to terms with her parents betrayal, she herself betrays the person who has trusted her the most in this strange kingdom. While she loathes this new behavior she seems unable to stop, since betraying one means protecting another. While Shay struggles with her own question of values, Shay's life and the world itself begin to collapse around her.
But life continues and the evil that remains seeks the greatest treasure of all. A power to rule all worlds.
For evil does not mourn. And evil has no conscience. And Shay holds a key to access another world which the evil desperately desires.....