The kingdom of Midkemia is again in trouble, this time over the theft of one of it's holiest objects, the Tear of the Gods. Now Squire James, Lieutenant William, and magician Jazhara, must take on the quest of recovering the sacred relic from murderous pirate Bear and his master, sorcerer Sidi.

Yet, as some of Krondor's most faithful defenders leave to reclaim this relic, a new criminal organization run by the Crawler begins another reign of assassinations and unspeakable horrors on the city of Krondor.