Dark Fae soldier Jennara and her Fire-Breather, Kali, have endured months of training for the Tournament of Fire, Ice, and Acid. Each cycle, the Dark Fae compete with their dragons to determine who will be promoted to the elite fighting forces. Five nominees are chosen, followed by a day of battles in which the last pair standing fights an elite dragon and rider of Chief Dragor's choosing.
For centuries, the tournament in Blood Haven has been one of honor and respect, but this cycle goes wrong when High Council Guard Yagora severs tradition and deliberately excludes Jennara and Kali. Elder Fae guard, Azrael, intervenes, hoping to keep the tournament ethical. But Azrael has much to learn about what is really going on inside the walls of Blood Haven.
As Jennara and Kali battle for their place in the Tournament of Fire, will they instead end up fighting for their lives?