|“|| There was a small voice in [Meilin's] head that whispered a hopeless, constantly repeating thought.|
I'm going to die. I'm lost and I'm going to die.
–Book Quote, (from Chapter 1: The Great Bamboo Maze)
The adventure continues in this third book in the New York Times bestselling series.
Erdas is a land of balance. A rare link, the spirit animal bond, bridges the human and animal worlds. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan each have this gift-and the grave responsibility that comes with it.
But the Conquerors are trying to destroy this balance, setting the world on fire and swallowing whole cities in their rush for power-including Meilin's home. Fed up with waiting and ready to fight, Meilin has set off into enemy territory with her spirit animal, a panda named Jhi. Her friends aren't far behind . . . but they're not the only ones.
The enemy is everywhere.
The book opens up with Meilin lost in the Great Bamboo Maze. Rollan Conner and Abeke get a letter from the green cloaks and soon set off for Zhong to find Dinesh the elephant. A starved and worn out Meilin finds an old lady named Xue in the maze who leads her to a camp full of loyalists. Meilin finds her father in the camp but he tells her to go back to the green cloaks and she soon leaves. Rollan, Conner, and Abeke find themselves in trouble in a town called Xia Kao Dai but soon leave into the jungle. They encounter the rino riders and find out Rollan is sick. Meilin joins them there. They complete the task the rino riders set for them and give Rollan the cure for his illness. The rino riders lead them to Dinesh and they battle conquerors for the slate elephant.
- This is the only book in the series to have two authors.