Jess Kanickson wanted to be like his father, a fallen war hero who'd died saving others. Jess eagerly enlisted in the Kendran army and was chosen for his first mission based more on his father's reputation than on his own skill. The mission was a failure and Jess was captured. He soon found himself in a labor camp deep in the Mortanian forest. With no hope of rescue, Jess was subjected to abuse and hard labor beyond anything he'd ever experienced. It stretched him to his limits and tested his faith almost to the breaking point.
But it was worse even than that. The ranking prisoner was a collaborator, and his bunkmate was on the verge of a nervous collapse. And, as if it couldn't get any worse, it did. The enemy army seemed to have stumbled upon technology not known by the Kendrans. They were plotting something big, and were forcing Jess and the other prisoners to participate in the downfall of their own country. Would Jess's faith stand the test?