It is medieval times in the land of Rosemar. Within the walls of King Zimri‟s kingdom, there are blacksmiths who are busy making swords and armor for the soldiers who are train-ing for battle. Gunther Stormcloud, the king‟s mage, has been spending most of his time in his hut studying an ancient prophecy, which speaks of the long-awaited arrival of the Dragon King. Many of the farmers are in the barns caring for the animals, while other townsfolk are tending to their shops.
Everyone is hard at work—well, everyone except for Da-niel, a sixteen-year-old kitchen boy, who is but one of the many servants in the king‟s castle. While sitting on a table in the kitchen, his mind raced with questions about his time of turning.
The time of turning is when boys become young men who will have to decide what they will do as adults in the king-dom. Up until now Daniel has worked in the kitchen since he was nine years old. Cleaning pots, preparing food, and cook-ing were his primary duties, yet as of late, he found himself day dreaming more often about his future. Wondering if he would be a soldier like his father or if he was brave enough to
dare try riding a dragon, and more recently he found himself drawn to the wonders of magic. Daniel knew time was run-ning out and that he would have to decide soon.
Within a short time, Daniel will learn that he has to follow his heart. As the wise old cook, Maggie, told Daniel time and time again, “You need to dare to follow your dreams.”
Daniel will soon find that out for himself. He will learn to keep his friends close and more importantly, to trust them, as he and his friends will soon take part in a journey that will make them men way before their time. Their journey will take them along treacherous paths, while altogether trying to avoid dark soldiers, ogres, and other dangerous creatures. In order to survive, they must learn to depend on their strength, as well as their wits. Daniel must decide if everyone in his party is trustworthy.
With danger lurking around every corner, Daniel‟s party will need to decide if they will take the easy road or the path that is less traveled.