Five strangers are drawn together from their individually threatened lives. The 'Otherworlders' are quested by Divine Intervention to seek and destroy the source of an instability that may destroy the very world they've come to: post-cataclysmic Bu'Kre'Nunkt. While they search for clues they must learn to adapt, survive, and deal with the culture clash of each other. This book is the first in the series chronicling the adventures of the Dhuras Protectorate. As this Insidious Epic begins, the Otherworlders navigate a magically possessed topiary garden, several miles of giant-insect-ridden farmland, and the sprawling city at its center.