David is just sixteen when he discovers that his eldest brother, Olivar, has murdered their sibling, Friedel, to ensure his undisputed accession to their father's throne. David's friend and mentor, the royal magician, gives him a magic ring and urges him to flee, before Olivar kills him as well. Reduced from prince to pauper, David takes to the forest, where he meets a very strange wolf. Can he release Geran from the evil curse, and at the same time, avenge himself upon his murderous brother. The novel is written in a language style which evokes the late middle-ages.