The wives and daughters of a village have been taken to be sacrificed to Veja. Sonja and the village's chief warrior, Damo, find and free the women. But Damo lusts after Sonja and thinks he can tame her.
A mysterious warrior (never referenced by name in the series) is confronted by seven men as he enters a quiet border town. The lone warrior swiftly dispatches most of the attackers and the rest flee. Seeing the warrior's prowess, Retlaw offers him gold if he will return a girl claimed to have been taken by a rival wizard named Elias. The warrior offers his services to Elias as protection for the girl, but Retlaw discovers his betrayal.
Leah is about to cast a vision spell to discover the identity of a monster who has been killing people in Khansa'la when she is stopped by Madron and Prince Adon. Madron learns from Leah's coven mother Sooya of the dark creature known only as the Ripper.
Thulsa Doom has overrun the stronghold of Saabeth, a baron of Atlantis. He is about to kill Saabeth, when the baron bargains for his life with the story of a daughter who found a book of magic. She became possessed and lives in the wild as a sorceress. Thulsa Doom decides her power will be his.