The cruelest demons live in our own hearts.
Raendel is one of the cursed Adoël. The curse spreads to each new generation, stripping them of power and turning their skin and hair ghostly white. Feared because of his strange appearance, and for his ability to create lifelike illusions, Raendel has nowhere to go. Only his service to the royal family protects him.
When an assassin attacks and murders the king in front of his eyes, Raendel panics, frozen. The prince throws himself into danger, pursuing the assassin on his own. Seeking atonement, Raendel follows to protect the prince, his only friend. In order to defeat the assassin, Raendel must face deadly magic, ruthless brigands, and ravenous demons—both figurative and literal. Worst of all, he must face his own failures. He must fight through his shattered self-confidence and find the strength to save the prince, breaking the chains that bind his people.