Annelisse, the prophesied Child of Hope, has been missing for seventeen years. Those who searched for her have returned without success, or not at all.
Alain, her twin brother, believes Annelisse is held captive by Malkarian, the powerful but secretive Master of Earth and Air. On the day after his eighteenth birthday, Alain sets out to find her.
He learns the prophecy is not what it appears, and those who guard it are not what they seem. Within that uncertainty, Alain is also confronted with disturbing hints of his true identity, his part in the fate of the kingdom, and the discovery that Annelisse believes Malkarian is her father. [From publisher's website]