The power of the Lightstone pours through him like a golden fire but its secrets stay hidden. It is Val's task to find the Maitreya, the one person to whom those secrets will be revealed. But there are manu who believe Valashu himself to be the Maitreya. Then the scryer Kasandra brings to Mesh a new prophecy : that you, Valashu Elahad, will find the Maitreya in the darkest of places; that the blood of the innocent will stain your bands; that a man with no face will show you your own. And Val is forced to wonder if lie is indeed the Shining One. For what be darker than the cavern of his own heart ?