Valashu Elahad, wielding a magical sword, crosses the Dragon Channel to reach at last the land of Morjin's dark terror. Blessed - or cursed ? - with an empathy for all living things, Valashu faces the severest test of his will to defeat the enemy of his ancestors and of all the people of the Nine Kingdoms. He is drawn into the heart of darkness though he follows the glorious ideal of the Lightstone. And to spite him Morjin embraces light, masking himself in beauty and grace. The horrors of Morjin's underground fastness in the White Mountains will surely destroy Valashu's sanity. The Lightstone will be Morjin's, no matter who finds it first.