Patience is a warrior and is expected to put the needs of the Nightkeepers first but she can't simply stop being a mother and wife. Aside from having to decide between his wife and his Nightkeeper duties on a daily basis, Brandt will need to find a way to reclaim lost memories, reconcile with his ancestors and gain their wisdom in order to became a weapon the Nightkeepers desperately need.
Patience and Brandt are already married, unlike in the other books where each character starts out alone and is mated by the end. Their marriage has been rocky and they have been growing apart for some time now. Between having their sons sent away with no contact for their own protection, to having to put their needs and marriage on the back burner in order to focus on stopping the end of the world in 2012 which is predicted by the Mayan calendar, Patience and Brandt's marriage seems to be hanging by a thread. Patience wants to have her children back and the marriage she once had and Brandt thinks that everything personal needs to be put on hold. When Brandt becomes a triad member and must find a way to communicate with his ancestors in order to gain their knowledge, they both must figure out how to remember a very important event that for some reason they forget. The night they met. This memory brings everything to a head and it gets emotional. Secrets are revealed and everything is finally out in the open.