A dark conspiracy takes the lives to two Prophets, and the remaining Prophets seek the infants who will replace their fallen allies. But the wicked ern are also seeking them, and no one is quite sure why. The world is rocked as the battle spreads across the land. Meanwhile, in a tiny farming village, Barrin Iylin is left to raise his new son alone when his wife dies in childbirth. Such a task would be hard enough, but Barrin soon finds out that the ern are targeting his son with those born on the same day. Whether or not his son is one of the new Prophets, how can a poor farmer hope to protect the boy against an army? The sweeping adventure of The Eighth Power begins here, with a heartbroken man who never thought nor desired to be caught up in a war, yet must if he wants his son to live.