Why can't we just do a generic book report? I feel so... creatively limited.
A lot of Exposition
My thoughts heavily contradict...
...what I am saying out loud.
Bye Dad you suck LOL
Like, way too much Exposition
Leadership! Brotherhood! Conflict!
Yo Gray Wing I'm back.
I highly doubt it.
Sure I'll totally keep him safe and well-fed!
The story truly "begins" literally right after the previous installment's ending. This begins Clear Sky's conflict. In this conflict, Clear Sky deals with his leadership problems while trying to maintain a grip on his "tribe". Clear Sky ends up with some extreme character development he was previously lacking. We now see his insecurities.
Oh no everyone's dying but we'll be safe up on this rock!
Thunder and Gray Wing also have their perspectives. While they still have their own character traits and individual grudges with Clear Sky, it seems that these two perspectives make up one conflict. This single conflict is of course trying to stop the threat of Clear Sky taking over the moor as well as the forest and finding a peaceful solution.
The action rises after a long subplot with Turtle Tail's kits being kidnapped. Thunder is sent as a messenger boy to announce to Clear Sky that Gray Wing wishes to meet with him. In exchange, Clear Sky must keep Jackdaw's Cry hostage while Thunder returns to his camp. Naturally, this increases the tensions between the two armies of cats.
Upon the night of the meeting, Gray Wing, Thunder and Tall Shadow come to Fourtrees to meet with Clear Sky. Clear Sky uses foul play, however, and brings his entire army. It isn't long until what was intended to be a peaceful talk between two leaders soon becomes a bloody battle between two groups. Several cats die that night.
After Thunder ran back for help, the battle was quickly evened out. Even so, tons of blood was shed and many cats were killed. With the few living cats unable to fight any longer, the battle ends. Suddenly, the spirits of the cats who had died throughout the past three books all arise around the few living ones.
The spirits announce that the survivors must "Unite or die". Clear Sky slowly realises that he was wrong, and the others begin to clean up the mess and bury the dead bodies. The book then gives us a bonus section about the backstory of Wind Runner and Gorse Fur. And that's it. The End.