Rinaldi Rosso, born a cripple, has lived a life of privilege. His father has arranged advantageous positions for his siblings, but for Rinaldi, he's packing him up and sending him to the Academy to become a Magus. Rinaldi can't shake the feeling that his father wants to hide the cripple from the public eye. When his father reveals a secret to Rinaldi, a whole new world opens up to the young man. This reader magnet is a prequel to The Stone of Death, the first novel in the series The Companions of the Stone; Rinaldi is one of the four main characters in that heroic fantasy.