House Tuttle has just discovered that the world is a much larger place. Ships that seem to have a sickess aboard them are anchored on the far side. Meridora is trying to find a cure to help save the crew and Shell Island from the ravages of an unknown plague. Ser Gareth Hewitt, Torius Tuttle and George Thorogood and their landing party have encountered men from strange lands, and no way of communicating effectively with them. The weight of House Tuttle’s fortunes ride on the decisions of Maera, who is effectively the ruling noble on Shell Island. Will she be able to discover what is happening and who the strangers are?