we live under the shadow of rulers, religion and ritual; of childhood fears, adult realities and hovering death. we live in shadows of varying shades, from hues of darkening night, through lightening shades of gray, to brightest light. within these shades of many shadows, our stories sawn and mature, some sad, some happy, some tragic, mostly soon forgotten, but some preserved and written about. shades within shadows tells one such tale of an entire community sucked into a maelstrom that devastates and nearly destroys them.