In a world where music is magic, Sarya dyr-Rusac can hear music no one else hears. Once a respected arranger of musical magic rituals, now she's in exile after a wedding ritual she wrote led to the tragedy it was supposed to prevent. As disasters shake the world, unaffected by the chants that should control them, she hears haunting new music in the wind - music that heralds terrible new forces at work, or forces so old they have long been forgotten.
In search of answers, Sarya returns to the Skola of Music she left in disgrace. Confronted with the mistakes of her past, she defies the Masters who think long-forgotten secrets are best left forgotten - and resumes her complicated relationship with the talented singer Adan Muari, friend, sparring partner, the man she can never have.
Then a beautiful, nameless man in chains begins to appear in her dreams, begging her to sing the song she heard in the wind, the song that will set him free. Is he a god with the power to save the world or the power to destroy everything she knows and loves?
As catastrophe closes in on Sarya, the Skola, and the man she loves, she must race to discover the chained man's identity and the meaning of his song before the world itself is torn apart.
(Content warning: Contains disturbing themes including memories of abuse and of child loss, violence including sexual violence, and mild to moderate sensual content.)