Darren Karofski has a strong foothold in Ruins of Rimnir, the hottest MMORPG on the planet. His potion business is going strong, propelled by Beryl, the potion that enhances all stats for players. And Darren is the only one who can make it. His goals of making money have far surpassed his dreams, making college and a comfortable life a reality for him. But when a strange group of players corner Darren, asking for him to join them in their cult-like faction, Darren heeds the warnings from friends and seeks out a bodyguard. --- Kari Maynard isn't sure where she fits in when it comes to Ruins of Rimnir. Her departure from the Mercenary Clan is still fresh in her mind and her emotional wounds have not yet healed. Being an assassin was a way of life for her, and with it gone, she has no direction. Until she comes across a player who is far too familiar, one that she has fought beside before. When he asks her to contract with him and become his protector, she does not even hesitate. --- The Cabal is coming for Darren, Kari, and the Alchemist Association. Will Darren's position in Rimnir survive the Cabal's rise to power? And will his friends survive if Darren fails?