Zachary Nickers has lived his whole life in the home of an ungrateful guardian who never saw his true potential. But when he’s recruited to attend an elite boarding school called The Academy with a covert mission, his intelligence is about to be tested to the limit. This is a world where Craftsmen (skilled users of magic) are trained, and with this schooling, can alter the course of good and evil forces. There are faculties of Air, Water and Earth to master at hand. But rote memorization is the least of Zach’s worries with Alice, a tempting young vampiress, seducing his attentions at every turn, not to mention some pretty potent cocktails, which in this school run as freely as tap water. Just when all of Zach’s defenses hit rock bottom, the Academy is invaded via teleport by Stone Trolls working for the Empire’s greatest enemy, the Tabernacle Emirate, everyone at school is taken prisoner.