Conor is a law keeper, fighter and warrior. Gray is his Hound. Linked by a bond of mind and mission, they walk together through a world of political weakness and religious terror. Their fractured land is threatened by The Believer, a figure from nightmares who lives in the minds of his followers, the Bonded. He desires to unite the Southlands by conquest and subjugation. Conor and Gray, along with Lady Andaine, a fierce noblewoman, will gather an army to fight for the freedom of their homeland. And they will come to understand that their powerful link is part of a larger war for life itself.