In a secluded settlement a boy named Gary is forced to go by his middle name because of the deeds of his father. Gary is seen as both a danger and a burden to his village. When it comes time for Gary to challenge his older and much revered brother for the position of Guardian to the village the community leaders take the opportunity to exile him from the valley.
By contrast Sarah is a well-loved girl of noble birth. During her crowning ceremony Sarah finds herself in the middle of a bloody coup. During the commotion of the kings assassination Sarah's tutor, Amanda, manages to lead her free of the palace and away from the slaughter that ensues.
When Sarah and her tutor are overtaken by their pursuer they find themselves being saved by a most unlikely hero. Unbeknownst to Gary his kind, human kind, is viewed by the entire known world as the most evil and fearsome of creatures. While Sarah has been raised to fear and hate humans she can't help but fall for the handsome hero who rescued her and her friend.