A young Chatti by the name of Adalwulf rides his stolen horse to the lands of the Marcomanni, hoping to find a ring-giver and a new life. What he finds instead is a mysterious priestess looking for him, his innate ability to fight like a demi-god, and plenty of trouble.
In the era of Augustus, the borders of River Rhenus are waiting for a change. While the Marcomanni have an uneasy peace with Rome, Rome is turning its eye to the north. The feuds of two Goth lords Bero and Hulderic thrust Adalwulf in a desperate quest that will determine not only his future, the fate of a high-born enemy, the life of a woman he loves, but also the future of the whole Marcomanni tribe.