Having freed himself from a dreadful accusation, Sir Jaymes Markham has rebuilt an army of Solamnic knights to defend the West against invasion. Now western Solamnia is free from the barbarian hordes, as Markham commands the orders of the Rose, Sword, and Crown. But the city of Solanthus remains under siege and is in dire straits.
As Markham’s forces attempt to break the siege, he receives unlooked-for help from the small hands of a kender and the inventions of an ingenious gnome. But the barbarians, under their brutish chief, are attacking with ever-growing force, and behind Markham’s back, his political opponents wait for him to fail.
And as the armies of Solamnia and the barbarians clash outside the walls of Solanthus, a beautiful, passionate wizard must choose between the needs of politics and the demands of her heart.