• Young Orren has spent his life in a swine barn, under the cruel thumb of his half-brother, Lord Berthus, but when his best friend and mentor dies, Orren finds out he is destined for more. Snatching a stone Berthus prizes, and fleeing the tyrant’s minions, Orren heads for the wilderness seeking refuge. He discovers the stone is one of six of its kind, each which contains powerful magic. Berthus wants all six, but Orren is determined not to let him have them. During the course of his journey, Orren makes friends with a clumsy goblin, and a fiery young heiress, both of whom join his quest. Together, they must face winter, wild beasts, bandits, peasant uprisings and a cult with a sinister reputation, while trying to stay ahead of Berthus and his supporters. It soon becomes clear, however, that unless they foil their enemies pursuit, their quest is doomed.