Generations ago, the Shroud fell beyond the Last City of Man.
Now as the Riftingwar rages, the Gloaming Twilight once again settles across an accursed world.
In the distant wilds of Cæstre, reality itself is unraveling and horrific abominations stalk the land. The nations of man stand against them but it is a hopeless cause.
Distant from the front, Ysabel never worried about much- except the bloodstorms that plagued her home and the abominations that dwelt within them. Fortunately, her father was a man who always had a secret plan. In this case, his plan was to gamble until he made enough money to steal them both away to the distant city of Teredon, the Last City of Man. There they would be safe from the gloaming darkness.
Sometimes, plans go awry.
After making an impossible choice to sacrifice herself, Ysabel is carted away to be sold into a lifetime of servitude. She despairs, understanding the rest of her life may be spent as a slave for savage sky pirates and it seems as if there's nothing she can do.
But this is just the beginning. The world is far stranger than Ysabel has guessed and her new owner, the enigmatic Captain Argent, has unexpected designs. He holds secrets that can save their benighted world, requiring that she become a living component in an alchemy that is older than recorded history.
When worshipers of ancient and faceless powers realize what Captain Argent plans, they execute a devastating attack and steal Ysabel away. Soon she is alone in the deep-ruins of her city, surrounded on all sides by tainted and mad cultists bent on mass destruction.
It seems as if she may never leave the city alive...