Deltora is a land of monsters and magic.
The evil Shadow Lord has become aware that Lief, Barda, and Jasmine are searching for the seven lost gems of the magic Belt of Deltora. He knows that the Belt's power will threaten his terrifying rule if the gems can be returned to it.
The travelers have found three gems. But they cannot rest. The fourth gem is hidden in a shimmering, barren waste, kept jealously by an unknown guardian. Separation, confusion, and strange, terrible enemies await Lief, Barda, and Jasmine in the harsh landscape of the Shifting Sands.
The companions have faced many terrors before. But the worst is yet to come.
Four gems have been found. Now, though grave news reaches Lief from home, and he longs to return, the quest must continue. To find the fifth stone, the heroes must venture almost to the border of the Shadowlands, and plunge into the darkness and terror of the realm of the monstrous toad Gellick — Dread Mountain.
Now joined by their unruly new companion Jasmine, Lief and Barda set off on a treacherous journey through the territory ruled by the monster sorceress Thaegan to find the second stone. But that is only the beginning. To recover the second gem, they must face the hideous guardian of the Lake of Tears.
Lief, Barda, and Jasmine continue their perilous quest to recover the seven lost gems of the magic belt of Deltora. Strengthened by the power of the golden topaz and the great ruby, they begin their search for the third stone. But they cannot know the horrors that await them in their next destination . . .