No one except Magda, the Healer, whose heritage has taught her that things are not always as they seem.
In the end, Bardic suspicion becomes the least of Vree's problems. The dead walk in the mountains of Shkoder, kigh confined in rotting corpses, and Gyhard's past returned to haunt them. Hunted by the Bards and the Healer's family, Vree, Gyhard and Magda head for the mountains to try and Sing Gyhard's past to rest. To make matter's worse, Vree’s brother has yet to forgive her for saving Gyhard's life and is determined to bring Gyhard — and therefore Vree — back to the Empire to pay the price for treason.