Kokumbo has only ever known slavery, and he's decided he's had enough. When he revolts and flees through the British American South and eventually back across the ocean to Africa, seeking both freedom and revenge, he encounters a group of former slaves with such power that they could potentially end slavery forever.
Rivotra finds himself on a chain gang, convicted of treason against the French government, yet hated by his own people and accused of being a traitor. When an accident leaves him blind and helpless in the world, he meets a man who may hold the key to liberating his occupied nation.
As the paths of the two men converge, they find themselves at the beck and call of destiny, though whether they are destined to be deliverers or destructors remains to be seen.
The Gentleman Killers have been decimated and the Tacagans removed from power. With the Borelians as a powerful ally, all the Cult has to do is move in for the kill and take control of the Time industry.
This task is decidedly easier said than done, as several obstacles stand in their way, not the least of which is the loss of the Book of Abilities and the mobilization of the Akarin.
Not content to sit around and watch everything they've worked for go to waste, Rifun and Cassius decide to take matters into their own hands, but in very different ways.
Cassius sets out to destroy those who escaped his massacre, crushing factions as they arise, and playing controlled opposition for the Cult.
Rifun, meanwhile, embarks on a spiritual quest, seeking to fulfill his destiny and reclaim his name, but the questions he is presented with prove only that things may not be as simple as they seem.
All of this leaves Isthim and Julianna in charge of things back home, with a unique opportunity to shift the balance of power, but in whose favor?