Book one of the series. A mercenary named Gestalt Wulfgang washes up after failing to protect the baron who contracted him. A rival baron has cursed his knights with a mysterious metal. They are hellish beings bent on destruction and chaos. Meanwhile, the leaders vying for control over the country let their rivalry get out of proportion. Teamed up with a sharp thief and a meek squire, Gestalt sets out on a mission that will change his life and the landscape forever.