Elsewhens : Touchstone, the magical theater troupe, continues to consolidate its art and build its audiences. But Cayden is increasingly troubled by his "elsewhens," the uncontrolled moments when he is plunged into visions of the possible futures before him. He fears that his Fae gift will forever taint his friendships; his friends fear that his increasing distance will destroy him. But worldly success follows them - an apparent loss in the Trials leads to Touchstone being selected to travel to the Continent with a Royal Embassy to collect Prince Ashgar's new bride. They are the first theater artists to appear outside Albeyn for at least seventy years - because magic is suspect and forbidden elsewhere, and the Kingdom's easy race-mixing and use of magic horrifies the people they are to travel among.