"Enchantments are powerful-the most powerful magic we have," Rubidius said. "They can change the nature and composition of animate and inanimate things alike, and they can foil the plans of the most determined foes." "What do enchantments have to do with me?" Darcy whispered. "Everything." Darcy Pennington's course was plotted out for her long before she ever stepped foot in Alitheia, and when she returns for her fourth visit to the magical realm, she finds even more outside her control than ever before. Darcy is finally willing to go along with her prophesied path, but a painful rejection almost pushes her over the edge. When she and her friends finally confront one of Tselloch's gateways, nothing turns out as expected, and Darcy wonders, in the end, if there is any hope at all for her, or for Alitheia.