As Merlin chose to leave the Greencloaks, she was then lost and starving in the Bamboo Wall that surrounds part of Zhong. She met a retired Greencloak, who led her back to her father. Meanwhile, Conor, Rollan, and Abeke have to pose as puppeteers to get through a Conquerer-Infested city.
Merlin eventually decides to come back to the Greencloaks, and helps to NOT FORCEFULLY get the tailsman from the elephant. They suceed, but Merlin's father dies in the struggle.
I would TOTALLY reccomend this book to... welll... ANYONE! It TOTALLY deserves 5 stars!