Victory had not prevented Conor from being imprisoned and his homeland ravaged and occupied. Alone and grieving, Conor faces new threats and the emergence of an ancient enemy as he fights his way across a chaotic landscape to find the Hound Gray. Once together again, linked by mind and mission, Conor and Gray must strive to save their home and their world.
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.