Ao never believed in monsters; not when everyone sees him as one. What he does believe in: his guilt in a crime he can't remember committing. The punishment: death—if one man hadn't saved him. Now an exile, he lives, dedicated to his savior.
Ten years pass. The earth, still hurting from its last great war, heals. But peace can never remain undisturbed.
When the Talarians arrive, a celebration becomes a bloodbath. Soldiers kill the chief, burn the village, and kidnap Ao's mentor. Ao might be free but he remains alone.
Ao vows to rescue him no matter the cost. He knows the risks. He knows the dangers. But never would he know that someday, somehow, he would finally believe in monsters.