Celaena is back from the Red Desert with enough gold to pay off Arobynn Hamel but he has apologized and is showering her with gifts. He also has a job for her that fits with her desire to fight slavery. She also sees Sam again but is torn about how she feels about him. He has spent the summer escorting her rival budding courtesan Lysandra. They do finally talk to each other and resolve their differences. But Celaena faces the ultimate betrayal in this story.