It's been a year and a half since Harvey left, and Kieli and the Corporal are still travelling, this time with Beatrix for company. Each day that passes without a word from Harvey, Kieli loses a little more hope. Is he all right? Has he forgotten all about her? Will she ever see him again? When a hastily-scribbled letter arrives promising information about her mother, Kieli begins a new journey to a city filled with lofty priests aboveground and monstrous creatures below. On her search she runs into other familiar faces - some belonging to the living and some belonging to the dead.