Kreel has a plan of diabolical cleverness to finally defeat Will, and turn Kale against the rebel heroes. He has created a doppelganger - Will's mirror image - who is marauding the countryside with a band of Barbarians as henchmen, leaving a trail of murder and destruction in his wake, and all in the guise of William Tell.
Kalem does not understand why the tribes have turned against them, but she senses a sinister disturbance in the Eye - and persuades Xax to let her into the Citadel, and close to Kreel, by disguising herself as the startlingly beautiful warrior Thalestris.
Will and the band go to the village of Zama for refuge - but even these old friends, led by the traitor Priestess, turn against them and they must flee for their lives.
Vara is abducted by a second Doppelganger, who she goes with willingly, believing him to be William.
Will sends Aruna, Leon and Drogo after Vara while he pursues Doppelganger I and the Barbarians. He is led to a cavern deep in the mountain, where the