If sixteen-year-old Wayden is to have a pontificating wizard mysteriously inhabiting his mind, he could at least be considerate enough to be useful. But the wizard Wayden hosts, despite being the Grandmaster of Beast Tongue, isn’t even able to control any stray dogs or pigeons to deter the gray-skinned, sword wielding hulk who is chasing Wayden through the streets.
The gray-skinned man does not reveal to Wayden why he chases him, but stalks Wayden to the orphanage and promptly takes up a job there. Wayden likes to spy on him, and others, in hopes of gaining information about his peculiar sorcerer hosting situation, but he runs into another spy. Verica. She is the daughter of a Healer who often visits the orphanage to take care of the crazed old woman named Night who lives in the attic and she hosts a wraith in her mind.
Verica and Wayden needs information from Mistress Night who likes to throw chamber pots she likes to throw chamber pots at people or invite Wayden out onto the ledge for a bit of star-gazing. But by questioning and spying on Night, the gray-skinned man, criminal masterminds, and important bureaucrats, Wayden and Verica obtain important information about an oncoming massacre, that will sweep up Wayden, Verica, and hundreds of others. Unfortunately, Wayden, Verica, and the other soul hosts face obstacles and enemies, some of whom are even in their own ranks. Some even in their own minds.