At sixteen, Locarno is a sorcerous prodigy, and he knows it. As one so gifted, he has an all-consuming desire for knowledge--including the forbidden arts, which he's certain he can handle.
When a secret society starts murdering the learned and elite, Locarno turns to those forbidden arts for the power to destroy his nation's enemies. He uses a forbidden ritual that grants him immense power but it requires that he sever his soul from his body.
Resurrected as the Lord of the Dead, he becomes his people's hope and protector. But a man's soul does not want to remain separated. Ultimately, Locarno will either reclaim his soul and lose the power to defend his people, or he will lose what humanity he has left.