In an earlier sequel to The Book in the Loft series, Serena Sexton’s father escaped from Aerson’s moon prison, where he had been serving a life sentence for his crimes when he was chancellor of Hislar. Upon his capture, before he could be brought to justice within the Circle of Planets, beings from the spiritual realm of Lorel sent him to another world in a time past. In this final sequel to the series, Serena’s desire to learn the truth behind her father’s involvement in the Hislar wars becomes an obsession, and after much pleading with her husband – starship Explorer’s captain – and Neil and Elena MacBruce, she convinces them to obtain the means to travel to the world in the past to locate her father. But when she learns where he had been sent, she is frightened at what she will find and isn’t sure she should continue her search. But wanting her father to look her in the eyes and tell her the truth, along with her husband and best friends, she steps from her world at peace into a world of political and religious unrest.