Sixteen-year old Tad de Silva accompanies his uncle to the legendary city of Delphi to become companion to the young autistic oracle king. His lack of experience ill prepares him for the intense political intrigue within the ruling Council of Regents. Through the secretive Plin Watchers, he discovers that the Dark Veil, the mysterious phenomenon that almost destroyed the planet Charybdis five-hundred years earlier, is returning. Now, someone wants him dead. Tad must quickly set aside the joys of youth if he wishes to fend off assassins, protect his girlfriend Sira, find a way to save the helpless king from the machinations of the Council, and unearth the secret of the Veil.