Silas Vendine is a mage and a bounty hunter, on the hunt for renegade mages in the vast, unsettled Wildings. It's a dangerous job and Silas knows it, but when he comes to the town of Bitterbush Springs on the trail of dark and alien magic, he finds more excitement than he bargained for.
Lainie Banfrey, a rancher's daughter, is both drawn to and terrified of her own developing magical powers. Though she has been taught all her life to hate and fear wizards, when a mage hunter comes to Bitterbush Springs searching for the renegade who is stirring up trouble in her hometown, she agrees to help him.
The hunt leads Lainie and Silas deep into territory held by the hostile A'ayimat people, where only Silas's skills and Lainie's untamed, untrained power can stop the rogue mage and the dark powers he has unleashed into the world.