(from the back of the book)
Again and again the heroes dream of Ras'Lamasshu, the city of cats. The ruler of the city, a real Sphinx, calls to warn them of a veiled conspiracy. No one knows yet what it's enigmatic words mean: Does the Sphinx give insights into a bleak future or can the heroes prevent the worst?
But everywhere in the country grows a subliminal threat: Anchopal, a holy place of the temple of Peraine is, is occupied by Novadis for many years now and King Arkos is eager to prove himself again as a hero and retake the city.
The dilapidated Llanka is still threatened by the gigantic Mauler, which makes each navigation attempt a risky business.
And nobody is safe in the shadows of Elburum, the white city.
Orderes by the Mondsilbersultana the heroes are looking for traces of her daughter Moghuli Dimiona, thought dead. If not for Dimiona herself, someone else is nurturing plans, and only the adventurers can unearth them.
Will these heroes again resist the temptations of Oron and reveal the secret of the conspiracy behind the veil? Or lead the manifold temptations directly in the lower hells? Who can be trusted who is playing a double game? Can the heroes finally look behind the veil or will the poison of the Arch Demoness finally ruin souls of the people forever?