The Winter Oak : The battle between worlds, between dream and reality, between the Old Ones and mankind, has begun. In the realm known as the Summer country - the violent land of blood and magic where myth and legend are all too real - Maureen Pierce has claimed her place among the powerful. But her many scars have yet to heal. She struggles to come to terms with her tragic life, while trying to find some way to allow the warrior Brian Albion into her heart. Her sister, Jo, still lives in the world of men - fighting the demons that have haunted her own nightmares. But the sisters' unresolved fear and anger are about to be turned against them - as Fiona, the dark witch whom they vanquished together, seeks revenge. And she has allied herself with the dead dragon Khe'sha. Now, the only chance they have is to overcome the pain that has cursed them their entire lives, and face sinister forces bent on their destruction . . .