When Rafen was four, the Tarhians branded him with three little numbers: 237. King Talmon of Tarhia forced Rafen to work in the coal mine with his other slaves. Yet at twelve, Rafen is desperate to escape and find the phoenix feather he has dreamed about for so long. However, even if he does leave Tarhia, will he ever know true freedom? For Rafen’s name links him to a legendary figure in ancient prophecies, and the sorcerer Lashki Mirah means to kill him for it.
As Rafen becomes more desperate to wrest Siana from the Lashki Mirah, he wonders what would happen if the Sianians joined forces with the pirate king Sirius. By the time Rafen realizes his mistake, it is too late.
There might be one way of overthrowing the Lashki and Sirius–but it may demand everything Rafen has – even his soul. He will have to prove that he is the true servant of the king.