As a training exercise, the freshman class embark from their University into the endless depths of the Golden Sea, to test their ability to survive and succeed in the wild.  Unfortunately, this also requires them to work together, which is not their strong suit.  When their class trip becomes a battle for survival against an unexpected and deadly enemy, they must pull together, or fall apart–quickly.

Meanwhile, Bishop Darling’s quest to ferret out Elilial’s secrets takes him to the frontier in the service of the Church, where a surviving cell of the Black Wreath may be hiding.  Separated from his own support network in Tiraas and with only a fractious and unreliable group of fellow Bishops for help, he quickly finds that both he and the Church have underestimated the strength of the Wreath, and what they are willing to risk in order to shut down his quest…

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