The second installment of this series pickups where the first one The Red Wolf Conspiracy left off, at the marriage that would start the Great Peace. However the ceremony goes wrong or so it appears. The book keeps a solid steady pace as the conspiracy slowly starts to spiral out of control. Thasha, Pazel, Hercol, and Neeps along with the few allies they can find on the Chathrand conspire a mutiny or at least the start of one to keep Rose from killing them all as they cross the sea to the vortex. In the end the ixchel seize control with help from a sleeping drug they put into the water as the journey reaches the end. The Chathrand successfully survives the crossing of the vortex as they proceed into Boluntu home land in search of non drugged water.