Hartraft's Marauders are a crack band of Kingdom raiders trained to infiltrate and fight behind enemy lines, currently heading for a frontier garrison, after a disastrous encounter with Tsurani soldiers. Meanwhile, a Tsurani patrol is sent to support an assult on the same garrison. The two sides arrive simultaneously and discover the garrison has been overrun by a horde of moredhel. Circumstances force them to band together to survive. This is the first book of Legends of the Riftwar.