Harry Dresden keeps his nose clean and his head down when it comes to the magical ruling body known as the White Council. The Council has had a death mark over Harry's head for years. Some still regard him as a black sheep, while others regard him as a sacrificial lamb. Morgan, an experienced Warden with a hatred for anyone who breaks the rules, like Harry, looks down on him the most.
So when Morgan appears and requests assistance, Harry is hesitant to act. Morgan has been charged with treason against the White Council, and there is only one possible punishment. He's on the run, he wants his name cleared, and he needs someone like Harry, who has a penchant for rooting for the underdog.
Now Harry must find a traitor within the Council, keep a disagreeable Morgan hidden, and escape being investigated himself. And, like Harry, a single blunder might cost someone his life.