Tricked by the glammer of the evil seeing sphere known as Maerlyn’s Grapefruit, Roland has murdered his mother. But while Roland awaits trial, Farson’s forces infiltrate the city. One by one, the elder gunslingers are assassinated. Now Roland and his tet-mates must defend the city by themselves. Our friends are greatly outnumbered. The secret weapons built into the city by Arthur Eld himself may prove their only salvation.