Long, long ago the Du’ad Misbaah was an upright ruler in a land heavy in magic. He had but one child, his daughter, who was very precious to him. The child grew wanting for nothing under the loving, patient, and firm guidance of her father. Saleema blossomed safely in the shelter of her father’s estates. And, had an inherited magical ability not surfaced in her fifteenth year, it is possible her adult life would have been as tranquil and happy as her childhood. Not that the emergence of the magic itself caused turmoil, but it set into process a series of events that dramatically changed not only Saleema’s destiny, but that of her father and even the lands themselves.
Saleema is entrapped, body and soul, within a magical Puzzle Box created long ago by a powerful arch-mage. While inside the box, she is in a state of unconscious oblivion, not dreaming, and completely unaware of the passage of time or of any events transpiring around her tiny prison.