The wizard of crimson spells, Neltus, has lost his magical core. Without it, he is unable to embrace the red energy which served him in so many ways. Determined to regain what was removed from him, the coreless wizard takes uncharacteristic risks, and without the delver's knowledge, joins forces with creatures of far more wicked intent.
From the desert to the western shores, Neltus leads Ryson through twisted passages of betrayal. Foes from the past combine forces to threaten every level of existence, and the delver faces a warped menace in a new realm of deceit.
In one devastating wave of upheaval, demons are freed from the restrictions which held them within their breeding grounds. Colossal fiends capable of destroying entire cities are unleashed on the land, and even the spirit warrior who guards Ryson's hometown is unable to stop them. The delver and his allies face a whirlwind of treachery as they stumble from one disaster to another.
While the threats to Uton continue to grow, the delver takes control of the battle and brings the fight back to the demons' breeding grounds. Returning his focus to his initial quest, Ryson breaks through new barriers and allows a growing enlightenment of his inner essence to guide him against his enemies. A new perspective of the spirit offers the one path which may allow him to defeat the devious menace and save his friends.
Beyond the land of Uton where Ryson Acumen makes his home, the barrier which once surrounded Demonsheol has fallen. Demons can move freely from one realm to another and return to their homeland without consequence. The destruction of the barrier allows one demon taskmaster to make a startling choice which drastically impacts both realms.
Turmoil does not end with the actions of a single beast. In Dark Spruce Forest, a seemingly innocent experiment turns into tragedy. The elf camp is thrown into chaos and the wizard Jure falls into a state of absolute despair. Unable to cope with the calamity, the wizard begins a journey toward self-destruction.
Ryson is forced to act on several fronts. He must find Jure, stabilize the elf camp, and deal with a renegade primeval. When the delver finally faces the demon, he discovers that far more is at stake than any territorial claim. He struggles in a vicious battle only to realize that certain decisions are beyond his influence. In hoping to save the land as well as his own conscience, Ryson discovers the one possible solution is also a chance for redemption.