One man struggles to overcome the legacy of his past in order to save the future from a madman’s twisted dream
In a society that is blindly subservient to its insane dictator, Corvan, there is only one rule; the furtherance of the blood. The unfit are slaughtered like cattle. Those who survive are forced to mate according to Corvan’s twisted plan. Within the ‘Family’, love is forbidden; genetic supremacy is all. Into this nightmare world Rendail, Corvan’s twenty-ninth son, is born. All trace of his humanity crushed, he is groomed from birth to take on his father’s mantle. He comes to power with only one ambition – to breed a master race who can break the barrier of time and seize control of the future. But Corvan’s dream is flawed. As constant inbreeding bestows ever more dangerous gifts, it brings with it increasing deformity and madness. As the lust for power among the bloodlines threatens to destroy not only the Family, but the path of time itself, Rendail begins to doubt the Rule that shapes his life. Then, he meets Sherenne – and falls in love.