The Plot: Beka’s been a Dog for four years now, and she’s becoming a better Dog every year. Lots of other stuff has changed for Beka: she was (unhappily) engaged to Holburn, a fellow Dog, until his untimely death before the book begins. Beka fell out of love with Holburn before his death, so she struggles with her guilt and lack of sorrow. Luckily for Beka (and unluckily for everyone else in Tortall), she, Achoo and Tunstall are called to the King’s summer palace for an urgent mission: someone has kidnapped the toddler prince, Gareth.
Beka and her friends are joined on the hunt by the clever, silly mage Farmer Cape. But will Beka and her team find the prince alive? Why would someone kidnap a toddler? Is the entire nation of Tortall in danger? And is there a traitor in their midst? Beka has a hard time trusting the people around her, but she must trust someone if she wants to find the prince alive and stop a brewing civil war.