You can't escape the cold these days, not after the Freeze.
Rookie cop Irene Kelnotch and ex-bounty hunter Eric Homens aren’t just on the bottom rung of law enforcement, they’re on a completely different ladder. Tasked with patrolling the frozen wasteland outside of the walled city of Snowvault, their job’s as boring as they come. That all changes the morning Irene’s sixth sense leads them to an astonishing discovery: Syfael, a child of the avials, a species that hasn’t set foot in mortal territory since the Freeze three centuries ago. What should be a miraculous meeting quickly turns dangerous, as Syfael’s appearance captures the attention of a wide-reaching criminal organization: the Grasping Claws.
With one of the Claws’ most feared operatives on the hunt, Eric and Irene set out on a quest to return Syfael home, crossing treacherous wilderness to reach the gateway between worlds said to exist in the distant city of Salvation. But the Claws aren’t the only ones after Syfael, and they may find that the greatest dangers lie in Eric’s past.