** spoiler alert **
Sixth book in the wheel of time fantasy series. Rand has taken over Camelyn after killing Rahvin and is trying to set everything up there. The forsaken continually plot against him together, although Samuel (ruler of Illian) tries to make a truce with him. Rand coordinates the army of Lord Bashere, from Saldea, with his new "Black Tower" of men who can channel. The men are called "Asha'man" or guardians and are trained by Masrim Taim. Rand keeps traveling between Camelyn and Cairhen and Tear in order to give orders to everyone. He gives orders to Mat in Tear to head toward Salidar where the rebel Aes Sedai are. He is to take Elayne to Camelyn so she can be crowed queen. While Rand is in Camelyn, Perrin, Faile, and Loial show up and join up with him. Min arrives before they do with the Aes Sedai representatives from Salidar. They accidentally get 13 Aes Sedai in Camelyn and Rand leaves and tells them not to follow unless there are less than 13. Meanwhile, Egwene is in Cairhen training with the Wise Ones and recuperating from her encounter with Lanfear. She finally tells them she is not really Aes Sedai and must let them punish her in order to remain friends after deceiving them. She is ordered by the Aes Sedai in Salidar to report there immediately so she travels in the flesh through the dream world to Salidar. In doing so, she figures out how to make a gateway and travel just as Rand does. Soon after arriving at Salidar, she is crowned the new Amyrlin for the exiled tower. Her first act as Amyrlin is to raise Nynaeve and Elayne to full Aes Sedai. During this time, Nynaeve figures out how to heal stilled women and gentled men. She heals Logain, the former Amyrlin, and Leane. Mat soon arrives in the camp with his army and accompanies the women to Ebou Dar to look for a bowl that can influence the weather. Rand keeps putting off the Aes Sedai sent by Elaida offering him alliance, but too late realizes that they were simply waiting for a chance to capture him and take him back to the White tower. He is captured and taken from Cairhen without anyone knowing. Perrin and the others gather as large an army as possible and follow the Aes Sedai. By the time they catch up to them, the Shaido attack Elaida's Aes Sedai in order to take Rand for themselves. While defending themselves, Rand escapes and starts to capture the Aes Sedai. They all seem to be ready to be overwhelmed by the Shaido when suddenly Taim shows up with the Asha'man and fight for Rand. They defeat the Shaido by using the one power and capture all of the Aes Sedai. The book ends with Rand forcing the Aes Sedai to swear loyalty with him.