Ramad of the wolves was gone. Swept into Time in search of his great love, Telien. Whether they were together or apart, Skeelie of Carriol did not know. All she was sure of was that life without Ramad was, for her, no life at all. If Ramad was lost in Time, then she too must cross Time's threshold to find him. But on the planet Ere, Time is a power over which Skeelie - and her friends - have no control. In its twists and turns a gentle friend becomes a dreaded enemy who must be fought to the end. And the destiny of all Ere rests on a perilous descent into the caves of fire and ice.