Into the horrible instability of the Realm comes Joshua. He has accepted a job invitation from Ragara Methis, a dynast who is looking for aid. The note says “Looking for someone with a certain set of skills”. Any normal member of Creation would take that to mean he either wants something stolen, or someone killed. But Joshua is no normal member of creation. He is a Dawn caste solar, one who was exalted upon saving defenseless children from a blazing fire started by the Wyld Hunt. Knowing that there is differences in what ‘certain skills’ are, he arrives at a warehouse in Lord’s Crossing, expecting either a well-paying job, or a Wyld Hunt trap. What he finds surprises him.