Gregory, Valea, their baby Crys and Taylok leave Rockworld and arrive in a small Wyoming town. Upon seeing Valea and Taylok, the clerk leaps to the conclusion that they are space aliens. He calls the town sheriff, but eventually tries to take matters into his own hands.|
The sheriff travels to Fairwater Lake to examine the remains of a prize bull and finds some surprising tracks at the scene. The search culminates in a deadly fight on a boat.
Driggett and Leana are escorted to a Supreme Council meeting in Stonehaven Hall. Ambitious Gazer Stonemaker tells of a terrifying invasion of Rockworld by creatures identified only as the Kanané. Driggett is needed to locate and utilize the prime pyrite crystal, regarded as the single weapon that might save the Nehwisna. A small band sets out on a nearly impossible quest to find the weapon.
Gregory is reunited with Driggett, but the expedition has proved deadly and only a handful of the original force remain, together with Arak, a half human whose motives remain unclear. Valea succumbs to the Kanané in battle and lies lifeless in Gregory's arms. Only one thing can save her, and its use remains illusive.