Master Virigold Abalenth is a premier academic leading the charge in the study of a lost civilization. Understanding its power and culture have been his life's work. To him, however, the defining moment that led the world to its present state was their collapse. How did they fall? What precipitated the calamity? After returning home from a recent expedition, he is entirely unaware that answers to these questions are closer than he realizes. Soon he may wonder if they should be answered at all.