Conflict has exploded between the Empire and the Alliance. The Empire; once part of the Alliance itself; has forsaken peace and seized greater power. Kyme; an Alliance warrior and once the prince of a small kingdom that fell to the Empire; has received word that his armys castle is under attack. Kymes sister; Friae is still within its walls. In an effort to save her; Kyme manages to infiltrate the castle gates but is severely wounded. Desperate; he turns to his only choice: a dragon pact. As a dragon killed his parents; this is a difficult decision for Kyme. The Red Dragon; too; has been badly wounded. Though he is by nature a proud beast unwilling to cooperate with humans he has no choice but to accept Kymes offer in order to survive.
The dragon pact requires that Kyme sacrifice some function of his body. He becomes mute and exchanges hearts with the Red Dragon to seal the pact. Given new life they are now bound together until death. Kyme rescues Friae a