By Richard Harland, award winning fantasy author, (the recipient of five aurealis awards) this is the follow-up to thought-provoking adventures story - WORLDSHAKER. In this sequel the Filthies are in control. Violence simmers just under the surface; supplies of coal are fast diminishing, the acts of a mysterious saboteur are causing hostility and the Imperialist powers are massing for war. Col and Riff's relationship is pushed to the limit as they do all in their power to preserve the fragile peace. This shattering conclusion to the saga shows Richard Harland at his vivid, energetic best.