Saw Boss enlists the aid of the Life Eater to be rid of Jayce, but the job must be done by the Life Eater's conditions: he causes his subjects to face their worst fears and if they weaken even for a moment, give in to their fears, and betray their friends, their life force is trapped forever by the Life Eater. He lures them to a planet and sets up realistic "illusions" and puts them to the test. Flora faces the destruction of all plant life by a method discovered by Jayce. Oon must admit to being a coward, abandon his master and return for retraining. Gillian's powers are reduced and to regain them and a powerful book of spells he must leave Jayce and become a leader rather than a follower. Herc is offered a fortune for the Pride, but must say his association with the Lightning League was a mistake before the deal is final, and Jayce faces Audric who tells him the root is destroyed and bitterly accuses Jayce of being at fault. The Lightning League does not weaken or betray their ...