is an avalanche soldier. As a member of the elite paramilitary
force she is responsible for protecting the religious shrines
scattered throughout the mountainous wilderness regions of the
troubled state of Shadene. As a devout member of the Orthodox
Dreaming she freely accepts the faith that life is a dream, and
that true believers will one day be awakened by the coming Messiah.
But there is another faith on Shadene that preaches heresy
and its existence has sparked horrific acts of terrorism and civil
suddenly Salli's life has been ripped in two. Her brother
vanished under a cloud of suspicion is believed to have
embraced the false religion. As a soldier sworn to safeguard Orthodox
interests, Salli must track him down and return him to the fold.
But as a disciple of the one true Messiah, she must confront the
crisis that now assaults her conscience and her creed. For there
is a woman in the enemy enclave who inspires fervent devotion,
even as she creates doubts and fears and catastrophes a
personage of great power who impossibly, yet undeniably, shows
signs of being the prophesied one.