Menjah, born strong with the powers of the Old Blood, flees from the high priest who wants to use her powers for his own ends. But the mountain sanctuary that offers her refuge is not all that it seems. Teras, Menjah's father is captured by a terrifying race known throughout Sedovan as the Riders. But those born of the Old Blood can not be enslaved by the mind magics the Riders use on humans, throwing their world into turmoil. Wanash, the young Rider desperate for the acknowledgement of titled status is forced to stand in a whirlwind of change, adapting his thinking and leading his people as many of their long held traditions collapse. Cralar, high priest of the Temple of Ariton ever questing for more power and riches, forces Menjah to run and signs and agreement with the deadly Riders to hunt Menjah down and capture Teras, thus setting ito motion the evens that will change their world forever.