Darkshore is the story of a girl living with the rest of her eponymous village under the fear and tyranny of the Icia, the race inhabiting the fog of the forest that nearly completely encircles her people. Generations ago humans and the Icia lived peacefully, but in recent history, they hold only a fragile peace. It is a peace that yet involves the Icia murdering any human who wanders near or into the woods. Noelle Overstar, the book's heroine, soon finds herself overcome with grief and rushes into the forest to confront the beasts who murdered her father, only to find that she possesses a power much greater than she had ever imagined. She—and the Icia—discover they cannot harm her, and her vast powers over water slowly become more and more apparent. In short order, Noelle finds herself caught between her village who wants to destroy the Icia and the creatures of the fog she finds herself having more and more responsibility for. Seen as a curse by her people for invoking the "Wrath of the Beasts," Noelle must stop one race from wiping out the other before she herself is marked for execution by the vile Governor Gregor Faraby and the enigmatic Mystic, who retains significant influence in the village.