Gird grew up in a small village ruled by one of the Magelords. After a street fight, he is allowed to become a soldier - which means getting enough food but changing culture, and religion. When he has understood how much his world view differs from that of the new count, he has to return to his family. But times are hard, and they're getting even harder. The greed and brutality of the Magelords takes his family, one by one, and when Gird has got nothing left to loose, he finally fights back.