From the back cover:
"Today I looked into the Rings and saw a new and better world..."
Those heretical words marked the beginning of a new era, not just for Darius Rhomandi and those who followed where he led, but for the entire civilized world. For when this young priest breached the sanctity of Mauritum's ring tower, defying the tyrannical ruling priesthood which used Ring magic to channel the leythium power upon which Mauritum was founded, he discovered another source of leythium at least as rich as Mauritum's own.
Three hundred years later......