Beneath a shadowed moon in a cloudstreaked sky, the sacred orb splits and a hatchling is born. It is Nyroc, son of Kludd, fallen leader of the Pure Ones, and his evil mate, Nyra. Born from evil, trained to evil, Nyroc is destined to fulfill his fathers terrible plan: the oppression of all owldom under the vicious talons of the Pure Ones.
But doubt grows in Nyrocs heart, fed by strange, forbidden legends of a great tree far away where noble owls live in peace. And a light dawns in Nyrocs gizzard, nourished by friendship. A day is nearing when Nyroc must choose to fulfill his destiny or to defy it. It will be a day of blood and terror.