of mankind in thrall, a single drought could spell the end of
a society and doom its inhabitants to piteous deaths. Prince
Chagum has been imbued with the power to stave off the
drought and bring new life to his empire. However, this is a
suspicious time and he is accused of possession by evil spirit.
Court advisors see only one solution: Chagum must be put to
death by his own father s hand. His salvation is in the form
of Balsa, a spear woman and mercenary from Kanbal, the
kingdom across the mountains. Her skills are legendary, and
although reluctant, she is held by a mysterious vow to save
eight souls before she dies. Can she fend off an entire empire
and make Chagum her eighth soul?