Shalyrie accepts an invitation to tour the colony with the charming young governor. Instead of sight-seeing, she is injured in an unexpected raid. Captured by the enemy, she struggles to stay alive among masked horsemen who don't speak her language and refuse to show their faces. As Shalyrie attempts to understand their culture, she discovers that the war is not what it seems. An attempt on her life by one of her own people reveals that someone has a compelling reason to continue fighting and they don't care if she is killed in the middle of it.