Richard, Kahlan and Zedd are attacked by a screeling (an underworld beast) while celebrating the fall of Darken Rahl. Richard also learns his true ancestry from a D'Haran captain, who once served under Darken Rahl's father. The soldiers traveling with the captain pledge their allegiance to Richard, who they believe to be the heir to Rahl empire. Richard finds out he inadvertently opened an entry to the underworld, unleashing terrible evil on everyone in the world. Meanwhile, Cara is betrayed by her fellow Sisters of the Agiel and left to die. She is eventually discovered, and Richard, Cara, Kahlan and Zedd begin their quest to find the Stone of Tears to repair the veil between the Underworld and the world of the living.