Dr. Ronald Shore, the school counselor, is new to Silver Springs High.
He is also new to the modern world.
Intense mental training and discipline, has enabled him to assume the identity and credentials of a professional counselor, for one purpose only: to get closer to the Illumenae, Sonny Preyer.
Shore’s true name and identity is Theandor Trontist of Ajjor, heir to a suffering kingdom, which lies outside of the Realm, unprotected by the Promise. But until he returns to his own land, he answers only to the name of Raeder, unwilling to speak of his home, or of his dying father, until he has found a way to save it. Sages have prophesized that the salvation of his hungry and war-weary people, lies within the Realm, in the hidden power of Sonny.
As Raeder, Shore’s difficult task is to break the seal that binds Sonny to his existence in the modern world. This is a violent task, and one that earns him Sonny’s eternal hatred. But once the seal is broken, the two are bound to one another in a way that neither wants to accept. For Raeder, the desire to protect Sonny, to gain forgiveness and acceptance, becomes all-consuming. Twenty years older than the boy, Raeder confines his growing desire to silence, and to the service of Sonny’s guard.
However much Sonny despises him, before it is over, Sonny will need him. And Raeder will be there to take his rightful place.
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