Jabone is the birth son of Tarius the Black and Arvon but was raised by four parents. Jabone is the son of the Great Leader, so he has had a sword in his hand since he was old enough to walk and has grown up hearing his parents and their friends weave great tales of battle and conquest.
Across the sea in the land of the Jethrik held lands of the Amalite populations of entire villages are disappearing. A secret pocket of Amalites are suspected, but no one knows how or where they go. The Jethrikian King must deal with the problem but his thoughts lie mostly with his daughter Kasiria who is the only woman to apply to and graduate from the Sword Master's academy since the rule forbidding women to fight was stricken from the books.
When Jabone and his friends, young Tarius and Ufalla, the children of Tarius's right hand man Harris, and Jestia, the wayward magic-wielding daughter of the Queen of the Kartik, want to go across the ocean and join the Jethrikian forces to fight their parent's enemies, Tarius at first forbids it but finally relents and sends them with her blessings and the gift of her knowledge of the enemy.
In a new land the youths will find love and adventure, they will learn loyalty, pain, loss, and the truth of battle.