Naedas Lutand, a young nobleman, and Sitani Wo, a fledgeling monk, travel to Danaris for the Festival of the Sixteen Moons. Together with Pontus Varjo, apprentice to a local diviner and master of one moon, they embark on a journey to visit the seer of Lightspring and receive the first prophecy of their lives, a coming-of-age ritual that will make them adults. Pontus’ destitute single mother prepares sausages for the trio before they leave.
On the road, Naedas introduces Sitani and Pontus to Taga, his Eidolon and muse. A lightning storm breaks out and a group of tiny elementals crash to the ground and aggress on the group. Pontus is injured in the fight and Sitani carries him the rest of the way to Lightspring, where they are welcomed into an inn to stay for the night.
In the morning, the seer’s apprentice Ahna (master of nine moons) rows Naedas, Pontus, and Taga across the lake to the seer’s tower; Sitani swims instead, seeing the lake as a challenge he must meet.
When the group reaches the seer he is distracted and exhausted. Though he claims to have spent months studying the group in various prophecies, he seemed uninterested in imparting the prophecy that will make them adults. Pontus interrupts the seer numerous times to attack the validity of prophecies until the seer becomes frustrated and leaves the room. The seer’s apprentice shows the group out of the tower and they ask about the seer’s other recent divinations. When they are done Pontus, Naedas, and Taga are rowed back to shore while Sitani swims.
On the road back to Danaris, the four notice a woman dressed in brown leathers watching them, but they are unable to follow her trail. They are attacked by bandits during their return to Danaris and though Sitani falls early in the fight to the bandit leader, Pontus uses Colour Spray to incapacitate almost all of them.
Armoured soldiers speaking a foreign language arrive and after their leader casts Detect Chaos on the conflict, they fan out and begin incapacitating resisters. While Naedas and Taga surrender, Pontus casts Acid Hands on the unconscious victims of his Colour Spray and attacks them with his fists. When a Calm Emotions spell is unsuccessful, the foreign warriors beat him unconscious.