The extraordinary story continues in this magnificent volume of the bestselling Majipoor Chronicles, begun in Lord Valentine's Castle. Now dark dreams disturb Lord Valentine's sleep -- a forewarning of the danger that threatens the peace of Majipoor. The Shapeshifters have set in motion a terrifying plan to regain their stolen world, their allies, and the ancient gods rising from their eons-long slumber beneath the oceans of the great planet. Suddenly Valentine faces the greatest crisis of his reign. Either he must plunge Majipoor into a bloody nightmare of war, plague, and chaos... or surrender his life to the mercy of the vengeful Shapeshifters.