Mel must continue her double life imprisoned within the castle of Acidulous, but now she is not alone. Satorin has been lured there by the beautiful and seductive squelp, Satoran. Although Mel's powers are growing, will they be enough to free Satorin, herself, and maybe even Captain Acidulous from Uro's ever-tightening trap? Meanwhile, Doug, Jim and Naomi must confront monsters of their own making rising from Xandan Lake's waters - illusory demons embodying their greatest fears and hopes. And, as Xandan Island collapses around them, they risk perishing along with Irenu, Butabo and half of the army of Turtle Realm. Only with the miraculous arrival of the Aqami's warship, the Vleste, does their escape seem possible. But it's close fought, and one of the pillars of Turtle Realm hangs in the balance.