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Humans and their alien allies the Mrdini slowly begin to get the upper hand in their war against the voracious Hivers, with the help of the powerful psychic Talents of the Raven-Lyon family. The novel also describes some of the tensions between humanity and the Mrdini, and describes why the 'Dini have such a different attitude toward war and death than humans.
The conclusion of the Hiver War is told in The Tower and the Hive.
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