“The stone that never falls will fall to announce his coming. Of the blood, but not raised by the blood, he will come from Rhuidean at dawn and tie you together with bonds you cannot break. He will take you back, and he will destroy you.” – Narisse Aes Sedai to Mandein of the Jenn Aiel.
The Aiel have come over the Dragonwall for the first time since the end of the Aiel War. They come seeking their car’a’carn ot Chief of Chiefs. They aided in the taking of the Stone of Tear, the first part of their prophecy in the discovery of the car’a’carn. Beleiving the Dragon Reborn to be this figure, they escort him and his party back to the Aiel Waste. They are met by a delegation of seven Aes Sedai on the way who also accompany them to the Waste.
The Dragon goes to Rhuidean, but the Tinker, Ila, enters the ter’angreal before him and exits with two Dragon-like tatoos encircling her arms. Is it possible that this Lost One is actually the car’a’carn? Many do not believe, such as the Shaido, and they claim that their new chief, Couladin, is truly the car’a’carn. The Wise Ones and Clan Cheifs discuss and declare that Ila has walked through the ter’angreal and thus is the true car’a’carn.
As Ila tells everyone the true history of the Aiel, many begin to question their way of life. Couladin is killed for trying to attack Ila. The Bleakness begins to spread to the various clans assembled at Alcair Dal. Has Ila truly broken the Aiel? What other secrets lie hidden in the sands…