Derek swore he would never get pulled into another adventure after nearly being killed protecting Lively, but after returning to Whitefish he learns Garrett was at the nearby High Falls. Still recovering from the injuries gained in Lively--against the advice of Sheridan--and with no guarantee of still finding his friend alive he embarks on an expedition up to High Falls to find Garrett.
Garrett was lucky to survive his betrayal by Dane. While his anger is enough to drive a need for revenge against his former aide and the mutiny he led, he knows he can't do it alone especially when slavers from somewhere down river threatens his people—even if they don’t know it yet.
Sheridan is now Queen of a fledgling nation and finds herself pulled in too many directions at once as she deals with the demands of being both Queen and one of the only doctors in the area with only Marissa and Jeremy helping her in running the newly named "Kingdom of Walden", and the young Suni as her medical intern.
With the corrupt Colonel to their east, and the slavers to their west, determined to both call Walden's rich resources their own the three will need to act quickly to make sure their home isn't next to fall.