Gaw'yn has left the Citadel of Slurce, where he trained to become a Dark Elf - an implacable and merciless killer. In the city of Scarande, his first mission is to murder the whole family that is next in line to the throne. Infiltrating their home as private tutor, he discovers an ingenious way to bring his mission to a successful conclusion.
Nevertheless, in spite of his determination, he is confronted with the contradictions of his nature. Is he as dark as he thought?