Having finally mastered his astonishing psychic abilities, Edeard is dismayed to find that life in Makkathran is as challenging and dangerous as ever. There are always threats to quash and unrest to settle. He is coming to understand that he himself will have to pay a terrible price for Makkathran's peace and liberty. Inspired by Edeard, millions of Living Dream pilgrims embark on their pilgrimage, heading towards a new life within the void that lies at the centre of the galaxy. Their arrival will trigger a super-massive expansion of the Void which will devour everything in its path - ultimately the galaxy itself. For those who would stop the pilgrimage, time is running out. On the run and pursued by every Commonwealth faction, Second Dreamer Araminta realizes she can no longer flee her destiny and chooses a course of action that will not only confound Living Dream but will also transform her in a way no one could have expected.