David was eight when an Epic, granted incredible power by the new red star that now persists over the world, killed his father. The Epic's name was Steelheart, and David swore he was going to figure out the weakness that would bring the man to his knees. When the only group of people who have ever successfully resisted the Epics show up in David's hometown, he figures out a way to introduce himself and join their ranks.

In the process, he's going to learn that his father was right. The heroes were coming. They just needed some help.

In Steelheart, Sanderson uses humor to examine the darker implications of the old adage, "Power Corrupts." As always, he's built a truth that's more complicated than it appears, and a light that only needs to be sought if it's going to be found.