Rora is a shifter, as magical as all those born in the wilderness - and as feared. She uses her abilities to spy for the king. When a magical illness surfaces, Rora uncovers that Finley, the young prince and her best friend, has caught it. His only hope is stardust, the rarest of magical elements, found deep in the wilderness where Rora grew up - and to which she swore never to return. But for her only friend, Rora will brave the dark, magical wood, journeying with her brother and the obstinate, older prince who insists on coming. Together, they must battle an ever-changing landscape while escaping pursuers who want them dead. With war on the horizon, Finley's is not the only life that hangs in the balance.