Leam Holts eighteenth birthday tomorrow caps the most depressing year of his life, marking the anniversary of his failed delightenmentthe soul-darkening, magic-bestowing rite of passage that shouldve launched him into the fight between Darkness and Light. Making things worse, Leams insufferable brother, Zach, the pride of the family, is set to delighten in a few short hours. When Gideon, the evil leader of Darkness, arrives to preside over Zachs ceremony, the course of Leams life takes a drastic turn. Rather than fading farther into the background, Leam is ordered to undergo a series of brutal trials. Vast magical power is suddenly within Leams grasp if he triumphs, but Leam cant seem to stay away from a beautiful girl of Light, and his testing is yielding disturbing results. As Leam begins to uncover secrets on both sides of the war, he realizes the fate of humanity is at stake, and he may have the most to lose in the fight.