Finian is a boy with no parents, no last name, and no past. Found floating in a basket as a baby and raised by peasants and sold into slavery to a brutal Lord, he fails in an escape attempt and is sentenced to death. Rescued by a friendly mage, Finian can begin his life anew. The only trouble is, his past seems impossible for him to escape. Shadows haunt his dreams, a dying Ranger gives him a mysterious book no one seems able to open, and people around him begin to fall prey to a creature, a servant of the Dark Lord, that wanders the halls in a black cloak . . .
Status: rewriting, final (sixth) draft.