The uedin of the capital face the possibility of extinction in this third and final book of the Barren trilogy. Guard Master Elenn is lost in derangement and unable to serve the squadron. High Server Tilke wastes away in a coma, possessed by the Lern Beyana. How will the lives of these two defeated uedin be reconnected in a way that opens a pathway of survival for the uedin race? Note: "Version M" uses masculine pronouns.