Sir Gwyn has served as a loyal knight all his life. He swore that he would fight for his country until his last breath, in the name of his beloved, King Rafe, the Golden Wolf of Altenritter. Now, however, his Rafe is dead, and upon the throne sits Rafe’s arrogant son who wages ware on neighboring Collrine as soon as he has the chance.
A catastrophic defeat at the gates of the capital sends Sir Gwyn, exhausted, hungry, and badly wounded, to the edges of the Fellmire wood where a kind stranger happens upon him and helps nurse him back to health. Being the honorable man that he is, he insists that he owes a life debt and that he must pay more than a pittance for it.
Little does Sir Gwyn know that this debt will change his life forever.
Sir Gwyn ponders how everything went wrong as he does his best to cling onto life.
As his body recovers, Sir Gwyn relives a scene from his youth: a brief tryst with then-prince Rafe in an empty armory.
Sir Gwyn has a conversation with his savior which leads to uncomfortable revelations, tears, and a rather satisfying, if sticky, end.
It is time for Gwyn to leave, but before he goes, Nathair decides to call in the life debt he owes.