Jovian is sent into the beautiful and historic city of Caerella to gain agreement for surrender or compromise negotiations from the Royal Family of Elladein. He finds he is not among strangers.
The Neo Creadds go out onto the Vidnet and into lecture halls to get their messages across and stimulate debate about the grey society which has developed. Avoiding comedy they begin to enter politics. Set in the alternative futuristic world of Marta and Gallanol In The Modern Age.
High King Deneldinhew's army is attacked during the night by the army of Elladein. The leaders and the High King's Companiona respond as well as they can, as all seek to gain honour. Gallanol's first civil war for hundreds of years has begun.
The High King's military expedition disembarks, invading Elladein through the Forest, and opening Gallanol's civil war. Jovian's ambition has been damaged already.
Owen, the ambitious young man of the Gireald family, is annoyed when he discovers an outsider taking the opportunity of the military campaign journey to introduce himself to his beautiful and eligible sister Ywain. He draws swords with the stranger, only to be restrained by other fellow King's Companions.