When Rafen was four, the Tarhians branded him with three little numbers: 237. King Talmon of Tarhia forced Rafen to work in the coal mine with his other slaves. Yet at twelve, Rafen is desperate to escape. Even if he does leave Tarhia, will he ever know true freedom? For Rafen s name links him to a legendary figure in ancient prophecies, and the sorcerer Lashki Mirah means to kill him for it.