Hailing from Valta, Valgar the Viking is as brave as he is handsome… qualities that Astridr, daughter of Thorgerr of the Hundred Warriors, did not fail to notice. From their union, Gunnar is born. But their happiness is cut short when Astridr’s furious father catches up with the pair just minutes after the birth of the child. Now on the run, Valgar’s only hope of survival is the lance he carries, a legendary relic that attracts the attention of the monstrous Ogerth the Serpentine. Ogerth permits Valgar to live, on one condition: that Valgar bring him a red cloak. For his part, Valgar would accept any bargain, no matter how strange, for the chance of avenging his lost happiness!