A grimdark fantasy novel set in an original setting. Young Da-Ren, born in a barbaric tribe, must enter the Sieve, the forty-day initiation trial that determines the fate of every boy and girl. Many of his comrades will fall, the strong will join the warriors, an elite few will be marked for leadership. South of the Blackvein River, a young Sarah survives the horror of the barbaric raids and devotes her life to acquiring knowledge and wisdom. Not even ten thousand warriors will be able to stand against her, when she delivers her vengeance of wine and song.