On a quest for ancient knowledge, each of them had secrets that could destroy a fragile civilization...
Gan Moondark had united the warring people of what used to be Seattle, and chief among his supporters were the Rose Priestess Sylah and the strangers with the magical weapons—strangers who where determined to conceal that they had survived the centuries after nuclear and biological disaster in cryogenic sleep. Now Sylah and two of the strangers, Tate and Conway, were embarking on a quest, following Sylah's mystical vision of a Door behind which lay the knowledge of the ancients. But Sylah's quest was viewed as heresy and threatened to split her Church—just as a dangerous new religion burned across the lands like wildfire.
And though the survivors Tate and Conway were sworn to protect Sylah, they were on a far different quest of their own. Tate had once been a Marine major; now she sought a place in a world that considered her the ultimate outsider. Conway, however, had embraced their new, violent future, a would-be berserker unsure whether he was fighting for his life or his death.
But as the three left the empire Gan had united, they entered a world that held peril far worse than mere violence—and began an odyssey that would either heal or destroy what remained of the human race...
"Terrific, the kind of exciting, involving tale that keeps you up nights." —Terry Brooks
PRAISE FOR DONALD E. McQUINN'S EPIC SAGA OF COURAGE AND SURVIVAL IN A SAVAGE WORLD OF THE FUTURE:
"Impressive... McQuinn builds a convincing world and fills it with believable characters... [and] superior action scenes." —Chicago Sun-Times
"A fascinating tale of post-nuclear culture made chillingly real by its rich detailing of an emerging situation." —John Saul, author of Shadows
"It's worth reading... because its world is so thoroughly and solidly imagined and because McQuinn is doing something interesting and worthwhile... McQuinn can make the adventure/intrigue material move with impressive velocity." —Russell Letson, Locus