Mandok accidentally releases Niko from a magical chrysalis. Instead of a fully-grown Champion of Carondolet, ghostly princess Lyra finds a ten year old boy. Lyra must lead NIko across the Bridge of Doom, but when the horrible Xerxes returns and attacks, Lyra has no choice but to put her faith in untested Niko.
Lyra must guide Niko, Mandok and Flicker through a deadly sky maze, past the fearsome Arachtaur, as a vicious three-headed monster stalks the team. When the quest almost fails, Lyra makes a tremendous sacrifice.
Niko's team reaches Carapace, the perfect hiding spot, only to discover the voracious Mugwhump In its place. Chompsky, Carapace's last citizen, helps Niko and Lyra face this bloated menace, and discover a better goal than hiding.
The Hill Giants send Niko and Lyra into the Shoodakooda Wood, where their greatest regrets become real. With the help of Niko and his Sword, Lyra puts her past behind her. Meanwhile, Mandok is captured by an enemy.
Niko and Lyra are received by the Shrimp King, only to learn the Shrimpfolk are about to engage in a futile battle with the ferocious Mantigore to finally free the captured Dolphin Queen. Mandok forms an uneasy alliance.
Niko's new sidekick leads the team through the Endless Expanse, as Nar Est's agent tries to stop them at every turn. When the enemy reveals himself, Niko must defeat a threat from within, without his Sword.
Coming close to the Pools of Destiny, Niko and Lyra find another human - Aura, a champion who was left behind. But it's Niko who's left behind when Lyra and Aura set off to finish the quest without him.
Niko, Lyra and Mandok land on a Cloud Clipper belonging to the notorious Captain Nimbeard of the Sky Pirates. They're about to be thrown overboard, but when Nar Est sends a deadly sky monster after them, it's all hands on deck.
While descending the Peaks of Peril, a protocol gaffe turns the normally proper Umlauti against our heroes. To earn his freedom, Niko must compete against Jackal in a challenging, gladiatorial-style race.