Children in the village are falling ill, and it isn't just the usual summer-time fever that they usually recover from. When truth-seeker Kelnaht looks into what might be causing it, he finds links to an old crime by one of forester Taruif's predecessors. With Ianys' daughter at risk, it puts a considerable strain on the relationship between the three, as Kelnaht and Taruif race to track down the culprit and find a cure.
This third book rounds out the initial trilogy of the Tales of the Forest series. Like the first two books, there's a core mystery to solve while the three main characters, Kelnaht, Taruif, and Ianys, attempt to navigate some very complicated issues around their relationship. Naturally, that means you need to have read those other two volumes before taking on this one.
As in the first two books, the narration is entirely from Kelnaht's point of view as he juggles keeping the peace, solving a mystery, and relationship issues. This final book of the trilogy manages to resolve most of the issues around the relationship between Kelnaht, Taruif, and Ianys. There is lots of action, but it's an easy-to-follow short novella like the previous stories.