Grimpow has no idea who the dead man is, but hidden in his leather bag is a treasure that will change the boy’s life forever. Daggers encrusted with rubies and emeralds, silver coins, jewels, and a letter with a golden seal depicting a snake swallowing its own tail. And clutched in the man’s firm grip–a stone. A stone that will shape Grimpow’s destiny. For when he holds it in his hand, strange things begin to happen. Visions of places he’s never been fill his mind, and he finds that he can read the odd language in the letter, a message meant for someone else entirely.

So begins Grimpow’s journey with the stone: a centuries-long search that has driven sane men crazy, turned peaceful men to violence, and made knights into cowards. Only the one who is chosen can unlock the stone’s secrets. No man has ever succeeded. But no boy has ever tried.