In the summer of 1947, widow Kate Herrick returns to her childhood home in the idyllic English countryside. She has been sent to Rose Cottage by her grandmother to retrieve some family papers. But there has been a break-in, the papers are missing and the village is alive with gossip about prowlers and ghosts.
As the last living heir of Jerle Shannara, only Shea Ohmsford can use the sword of Shannara against the evil Warlock Lord. On him rests the hope of all races. But of course the Warlock dispatches a skull bearer with orders to destroy Shea. 2nd in the series between "First king of Shannara" and "The elfstones of Shannara".