This novel is a fix-up of previously published Elric works. The first part is a parallel retelling of The Quest for Tanelorn from Elric's perspective. The third part is a recast of the story "The Jade Man's Eyes", replacing Moonglum of Elwher with Smiorgan Baldhead, as well as retooling the meeting of Elric of Melniboné and Avan Astran. This middle part (The Lands Beyond the World) was later republished as a standalone novella in the anthology Flashing Swords! #4: Barbarians and Black Magicians.