Though Mags background of unimaginable poverty and abuse set him apart from most other trainees, nonetheless he had found his own special group of friends: Bear, Lena, and Amily (daughter of the King's Own Herald)--all students whose situations in life set them apart from more usual trainees. Because of Mags' friendship with Amily, he met Nikolas who recognized the same traits in Mags that his Companion, Rolan, had recognized in him. Nikolas begins training Mags to be a spy. Mags and Nikolas learn that there are dangerous, mysterious agents in Haven--agents who sought to bring down the kingdom. The agents also want Mags. A very good story.