About the BookJoseph Baxtor and his son Garth are gifted physicians in the Kingdom of Escator and have the ability to assist healing through the 'Touch'. Joseph has been called to do his annual duty in the gloam mines, to heal the wounds of those who will never see the light of day again.
Garth is sickened by the mines, and horrified by what he finds on the arm of a prisoner. Scar tissue cannot hide from Garth the fact that this man had had the blue Manteceros, the symbol of the Royal House of Escator, tattooed on his arm. The same one that Garth had seen and felt with his Touch only days before on the arm of the King of Escator. Garth knows then that this prisoner must be Maximilian, the young Crown Prince who disappeared while hunting some 17 years ago. Garth seeks help from the priests of the Order of Persimius, and from Ravenna, she who guards the border of the lands between dream and reality.
The mysteries only increase for Garth as he is led deeper and deeper into inexplicable worlds, just as Maximilian was taken deep into the earth to mine beneath the Hanging Wall. But Maximilian remembers nothing ... can Garth persuade this prisoner of his real destiny before they are both killed?