To all ye who seek adventure, and crave a story of a young underdog: Open this chronicle, for it is a magic gateway to the story of our hero, Arn of Clayhaven, an orphan raised by monks. He is scorned in his village and destined to be nobody in everyone's eyes, save a few friends. At only fifteen years of age, he is conscripted in a time of great peril for his home land. He must fight, not only the disdain of those around him and villainous threats to Southaven, but also for a sense of self worth. Unjustly accused of a crime, and forced into battle, he finds high adventure and friendship in strange places. Although he was a reluctant player in his own destiny, the cold hands of fate pulled him to the ends of the earth, to the shadowy Isle of the Dead.