Sagelwyn Silvara, a young elf, never graduated from the Elven Academy of Magic so she cannot officially be taken on as an apprentice by her master, Selron. But that doesn't stop her from learning the ways of magic. When Sage learns that her master is leaving on a secret voyage to Riverwilde, a human city, she's troubled. She doesn't know why he would want anything to do with humans. What is more concerning is that Taelan, a young elven soldier who is more than just a friend, is supposed to join her master on the dangerous voyage. Eager to get to the bottom of things, Sage does more investigating and discovers that the master will be transporting a magical item. When she goes to Selron for answers, he surprises her by announcing that she, too, can join the traveling party. Soon Sage finds herself in the middle of an ancient battle between good and evil, and she must call on all the magic she can muster if she is to be on the winning side. Along with her friends, she must face The Dark Awakening.