An escape into the snowbound winter night starts a lifelong enmity between two young creatures - a badger and a ferret. By turns they become the hunter and the hunted in this epic tale stretching from the north to the east wastelands. Will Sunflash the Mace find Salamandastron and fulfil his destiny? What drove Swartt Sixclaw to wrest power from Bowfleg, which would make him warlord of a great horde? And why did the Abbess of Redwall banish a young creature from her Abbey, a sentence which forced a heartbreaking decision upon a mousemaid, linking her destiny to that of... the Outcast of Redwall?