Caleb the son of Pug and Miranda travels to the city of Kesh along with his newly adopted sons on a mission for the Conclave of Shadows. More agents are sent to the court of the Emperor namely Talwin Hawkins aka Talon of the Silverhawk and Kaspar of Olasko. The mission is to ferret out the nest of the Nighthawks and their masters plans that threaten to destroy the Empire and create chaos. Concurrently there is a big celebration in honor of the Emperors birthday during which the plot of the Nighthawks is most likely set to culminate. Pug, Miranda, Magnus and Nakor must prevent an old enemy from accomplishing his goals to save the Empire.