Reeling in the aftermath of the malefic curse, the city of Ekamet knows no peace, for a new killer strikes — and strikes again. Two men lie dead, gaping holes where their eyes used to be, with knives of carved bone sprouting from their butchered hearts. But who is to deliver justice for them now? For Konrad is adrift in the wake of disaster, severed from all he loves. Will his hard-won friends be enough to save him? And can he be enough to save them?