The Heroes of Erdas are wanted fugitives. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have saved their world from countless threats. They are guardians from across the globe, united under one banner by their legendary spirit animals. But now the young champions are running for their lives, framed for a crime they didn't commit.
Branded as traitors, the four must uncover the plot against them, all while unraveling the mysteries of a set of powerful relics tied to an ancient secret.
Their search brings Conor home to Trunswick, where there will be no hero's welcome. They find the city transformed; the castle has been burned to the ground, and the townsfolk are poor and desperate. With a handsome reward offered for their capture, who can the friends trust?
The book starts off with Lenori, who has not been given food in two days. Oathbound come to interrogate her on the four fallen and give her food if she complies. Lenori refuses, Cordelia the Kind slaps her, drawing blood with a spiked ring.
The four are on a boat headed towards Eura. When it arrives, they decide to go to Trunswick and find manuscripts on the Wildcat's Claw. Abeke and Anka go together to the market, Rollan and Meilin go together to the market on a different path. Conor and Worthy stay at camp.
Meilin and Rollan are walking and talking on the road. Essix allows Rollan to see through her eyes, and they see Oathbound in a tent, talking and pointing to a document before a trader.