The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council--and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden.
Now, Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less-than-agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head--someone like Harry.
Harry wakes up one morning to find a battered and bleeding Morgan on his doorstep. Harry takes him inside to find that Morgan has been accused of killing Aleron LaFortier, one of the members of the Senior Council and a man with many political ties in the White Council. Morgan was found standing above LaFortier's still warm corpse, bloody knife in hand, and a new bank account with in excess of 6 million dollars, by Wardens. Morgan resisted arrest and gave 3 Wardens serious injuries. Morgan states that he has no recollection of how or why he got into that situation. He came to Harry because it was the last place most people would have expected him to go (because of their past) and because he expected Harry to empathize with being accused of a crime he wasn't guilty of. Morgan only has a few days to find who the real killer is, because (as it's later released) he traded in his silver Oak leaf, which he received for services rendered, with the Summer Court. The Summer Queen made him untraceable by magical means.
As Harry starts his investigation he is ambushed by a terrifying unknown assailant, later revealed as a Skinwalker, and forced to enlist the help of the Alphas. In the ensuing battle, one of the Alphas is killed and another gravely wounded.
Plot points introduced Edit
- LaFortier is replaced by Gregori Cristos.
- The Wizard known as Peabody, the Senior Council's clerk, is discovered to be a traitor to the White Council.
- McCoy proposes the Grey Council
- Harry invokes a Sanctum Invocation on the island first encountered in Small Favor, granting it the name Demonreach. Harry learns that the island's spirit had a conflict at one point with Rashid, and Ebenezar's journals hint that the island once served a greater purpose.
- Main article: List of The Dresden Files characters
|Recurring Characters||Recurring Characters||Recurring Characters||Recurring Characters|
|Aleron LaFortier||Ebenezar McCoy||Listens-to-Wind||Nick Christian
|Anastasia Luccio||Henry Rawlins
|Madeline Raith||Original Merlin|
|Ancient Mai||Injun Joe||Merlin||Rashid|
|Andi Macklin c30||Justine||Molly Carpenter||Red King|
|Warden Bill Meyers c7||Karrin Murphy||Mother Summer
|Billy Borden||Kirby||Mother Winter
|Carlos Ramirez||Klaus Schneider
the Toymaker c49
|Donald Morgan||Lara Raith||Mrs. Spunkelcrief
|Story Characters||New to Series||Bad Guys||Things, Misc|
|Evelyn Derek||Vince Graver||Shagnasty||Oak Leaf Pin / Order of Silver Oak|
|Kevin Aramis||Elisa Raith||Binder||Bureaucromancer|
, Asian Warden c15
|Natalia Raith||Earnest Armand Tinwhistle||Sigils|
|Warden Simmons c2||Gregori Cristos||Madeline Raith||Silver Raith Rolls Royce|
|Beorg/Bjorn (Warden ) c41||Chandler (“Steed”)||Samuel Peabody|
|Henessy (Guard at Raith Estate) c27||Thorsen c2, c48, c49||Red King|
|Callo (Guard at Raith Estate) c27||Hunger c10|
|Demonreach||Circle of Power c19||Alphas||Naagloshii|
|Harry Dresden's apartment||Circle magic||Black Council||Skinwalker|
|Nevernever||Death Curse||Gatekeeper||Grey Suits / Grey Men|
|Ragged Angel Investigations c21||equilevitas c36||Grey Council||Mistfiend c48|
|Raith Estate||feniculus sonitus c32||Paranet||Mordite|
Hotel Sax c32
|Genius loci||Practitioners||Hunger c10|
|Smith, Cohen and Mackleroy||geodas c36||Red Court||Shagnasty|
|Speaking Room c47||Intellectus||Senior Council|
|The Ways||Psychomancy c32||Vampire Courts|
|Council Headquarters||Sanctum Invocation||Warlock|
|Windfall||Seven Laws of Magic||White Council|
|Soulgaze c22||Za-Lord’s Guard|
|Third Law of Magic||Za-Lord's Militia|
|Faraday Cage c12|