Waking in a Tjal-Dihn camp, Thane is unable to remember who he is or where he has been. Desperate to feel connected and with nowhere else to go, he asks to participate in the Tjal adoption ceremony that, if successfully completed, will assure him an honorable place in Tjal society. What he doesn't realize is that to fail is to forfeit his life. Dor struggles to understand his growing feelings for Tam as he helplessly watches her dranlok addiction consume her, threatening to take her away as it drains her will to live. Jack fights to convince the HuMans they are in danger of extinction but is disregarded by an inept king's apathy toward his own people. Meanwhile, Bedler's numbers continue to swell in anticipation of the coming massacre that will surely catch the HuMans, and the rest of the free races, in its wake of complete annihilation. With hope swiftly fading, all life hangs on the ability of a handful of soldiers to hold back the deadly tide while the sun quickly sets on a doomed world as night calls the raven.