For almost ten thousand years the Khilioi have lived in their city beneath the remote Australian desert, undisturbed and unknown. A small aircraft flying overhead loses power and lands nearby. The Deka, the lords of the Khilioi, rescue the pilot and his girlfriend and take them to the city, a city they will never be allowed to leave, not even after their purpose has been served - new bloodlines for the Khilioi. Their time is finite. There is no option but escape. But what of the Scroll of the Ancestors, and the gold, and the blue brilliance of the Khilioi’s diamonds?