On a hot humid day, Tristan Blake is trying to hitch a ride past Kerikeri. It is summer in New Zealand, 2030: the temperature is rising, and Tristan is looking to get away from it all, after retiring... More > from Peace-making army duty in the Middle East.
An old red Holden Ute pulls up on the side of the road, and a Maori priest, Rau Petera, invites Tristan on a ride to Ninety Mile Beach.
Keen to fish, Tristan agrees: but there on the expansive sand, trying to escape the rising tide, Rau and Tristan stumble across Joshua Davidson, from Kaitaia. Rau follows Joshua into the rising sea, and Joshua catches Rau a record snapper with no bait.
Now Rau and Tristan find themselves driving Joshua on a once-in-a-lifetime road-trip down the centre of the North Island toward the Beehive in Wellington. Joshua is reminding Rau of someone: he is finding a new kind of faith. But Tristan is being thrown into increasing confusion and dismay, when he finally realizes what he must do to end the growing threat of Joshua.< Less
In the Heartland of Altenhine, Gamel and Lidya climb up Raven Hill to watch the red sun rising on the Blue Lake and the surrounding majestic mountains of the North and South. The twins have been... More > hiding, but now, in their new adulthood, they must face a terrifying secret in their palatial home below: a strange power ruling through ther father, the King, and weighing heavily on their older brother Friedrich, the next in line for the Throne.
Is the hidden threat the evil spirit Soutar, of whom the kings wrote? Or is it merely their fear taking a hold? The ancient writings speak of a more powerful spirit, Atua: Lidya trusts in him, but Gamel cannot. The valley whispers of One across the Sea, in the nation of Yerim – a new man, who has risen up with special powers.
A difficult journey is ahead of them, a battle that will set them riding toward Yerim. Will they make it across the Sea, to this foreign land? Will the promised One finally silence their struggles?< Less